Beginning in February 2016, EMPath made the commitment to expand Mobility Mentoring in all its housing programs to guide more Boston-based low income families across the economic divide, and develop stronger frameworks for shelter populations.
Participants are typically engaged in the following programs for 8-24 months.
58 beds in Brighton shelter for mothers and their children, and women in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. (Funded by DHCD)
STEPS - Scattered Sites in the Community
56 apartments in Boston communities for single or two parent households with children. (Funded by DHCD)
34 families (mother and one child under age 6) are housed two-families per unit. (Funded by DHCD)
Families transition out of shelter into housing subsidized by MRVP & BHA/LHA. (Funded by DHCD)
Transitional living for domestic violence survivors in an undisclosed location. (Funded by DCF)
Upon initial placement in EMPath emergency housing, families work with a Housing Mentor as they adjust to new surroundings. The transition from homelessness to emergency shelter can be difficult: the stresses of homelessness, unemployment, a ruptured social network, or the loss of independence present significant challenges and chaos. Together with their Resident Services Mentors, families focus on setting goals around stabilizing the family in the new environment, nutrition, mitigating the effects of adversity on decision-making, employment resources, daily planning, organization, and cultivating positive relationships.
Once a family is stable, they progress to transitional housing and are paired with a Program Mentor. Goal setting in this new environment prepares participants for permanent housing, education, employment with a clear career path, and the establishment of a more robust savings plan. As they ascend the five Bridge pillars, participants also see a visibly defined pathway supported by long-term mentoring that leads to financial independence. Parents also become powerful examples for their children, and begin modeling behaviors that will positively influence their child’s development.
Post-shelter housing often serves as a gateway from EMPath housing programs to community-based housing. In this setting, participants engage with Stabilization Program Mentors, Mobility Mentors, and Mobility Mentoring® Specialists to develop highly defined short- and long- term goals that will lead them to success.
42% of participants increased their earned income
88% of our participants are single-parent households
49% of families exiting shelter moved into affordable housing
98% of families remained in permanent housing 1-year post placement