Even under the most trying circumstances, EMPath is committed to helping families achieve long-term success.
Hastings House is the longest running of EMPath’s programs. Located in Brighton, Massachusetts, Hastings is an emergency congregate shelter that accommodates 58 families. House, Program, and Mobility Mentors work closely with families to help them co-invest in themselves and their children. Working together with house, program and mobility mentors participants’ needs are identified and assessed, constraints are recognized and surmounted, and goals are created and tracked. These goals include securing employment, permanent housing, savings, and sustainable pathways toward economic self-sufficiency.
Horizons has now transitioned to become functionally more like the Hastings House program. It currently houses 8 families. Horizons will help participants to successfully transition into permanent housing and lives of economic and personal safety and self-sufficiency using economic mobility coaching.
The Hosmer Co-Shelter program consists of three multi-unit apartment buildings for 34 single moms and their child in 17 units in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston. Families are placed into Hosmer units via internal referral and transfer from Hastings House; two families are placed in each unit. While residing at Hosmer, participants work with their program mentor to develop personalized mobility goals based on their Bridge to Self-Sufficiency assessment. They are keenly focused on obtaining permanent housing, achieving increased employment, and targeted savings.
EMPath's Stabilization program works aggressively to assist families who have recently moved out of an EMPath emergency shelter into permanent housing in neighborhoods throughout Boston. The families receive 12 months of state-subsidized services designed to help them establish their new homes and build economically stable and secure lives.
Striving Toward Economic Progress and Stability (STEPS) provides 57 homeless families emergency housing in apartments throughout Boston. These temporary residences offer the flexibility to shelter two-parent families, larger families, and those with special needs. Community-based living arrangements allow families greater independence as they work closely with a program mentor to become self-sufficient and move into permanent housing, obtain employment or increased wages, and savings.