Family stability outcomes

  • 60 families exited CWU housing programs into permanent housing (through subsidies, Flex Funds, Home Base, Section 8, or Public Housing)
  • 100% of families engaged with Stabilization services have maintained their permanent housing 12–18 months after placement
  • 75% of participants in the CFO program created child/dependent related goals. Examples include:
    • Develop a parenting plan with family center to co-parent with son’s father
    • Enroll son in new high school
    • Support daughter in finding a part time job
    • Research, find and register daughter in extracurricular activities
    • Son is readmitted in college
    • Son will receive a B+ on his book report

Well-being outcomes

Social Networks are a critical component in one’s journey across the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency. The goal is to develop a social network that can be relied upon as a consistent source of support toward one’s mobility goals as well as to serve as a mentor and advance the goals of others.

  • 53% of adults exiting CWU programs reported an increase in their social network as a result of participation in EMPath programs.
  • 67% of participants in the CFO program who initially reported a poor quality of life have improved their overall well-being and as a result no longer report a poor quality of life.
Research has found that residents of high poverty areas are more socially isolated, they tend to have fewer social ties than others. (Wacquant, Loic and William Julius Wilson.1989. “The Cost of Racial and Class Exclusion in the Inner City” in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Vol. 501 Pages 8-25.)

Education and training outcomes

  • 115 students maintained enrollment in college and certificate training programs, and 69 participants graduated, earning the following:
    • 1: graduate degree
    • 4: bachelor’s degrees
    • 4: associates’ degrees
    • 5: GEDs or high school diplomas
    • 9: trade/vocation certificates or licenses
    • 46: job training and college prep program completions.
  • 80% of EMPath participants are either enrolled in school or employed (13% are enrolled in school and working concurrently)

Financial management outcomes

  • 73% of adult participants have bank accounts.
In comparison, nationally only 26% of female headed families with children living in extreme poverty (below 50% of the federal poverty line) have bank accounts. {“Asset Poverty and Debt Among Families with Children”, National Center for Children in Poverty, February 2010.}
  • 79% of participants enrolled in the Matched Savings Opportunity, an initiative designed to encourage thinking about and growing participants’ savings, successfully completed the program and earned an incentive match.

  • CFO program participants have saved a total of $67,271 into their Individual Development Accounts. Their savings will be matched by EMPath at program completion.

Employment and career outcomes

  • The average hourly wage of employed participants is $11.17
40% higher than the Massachusetts minimum wage.