About Economic Mobility Pathways

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is a global leader in helping low-income people reach the middle class and beyond through its science-based approach to mentoring. The approach helps families achieve dramatic gains in income, housing, education, family life, and career. EMPath uses the approach in its direct service work to support families in Greater Boston and through its Economic Mobility Exchange™, a partnership with non-profits, governments, and human service providers nationally and across the globe.

Introduction

Mobility Mentoring® is the professional practice of partnering with clients so that they may acquire the resources, skills, and sustained behavior changes necessary to attain and preserve their economic independence. This innovative approach is integrated throughout EMPath services. This report shares the reach of Mobility Mentoring and its effects on the families and individuals engaging in this transformative practice at EMPath’s program sites in Greater Boston.

Short-Term Programs include our shelter and stabilization services. These programs focus on identifying immediate barriers and needs, introducing participants to the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency and Goal Setting, and laying a strong foundation for achieving long-term goals such as obtaining permanent housing and increasing earned income.
Long-Term Programs facilitate participants’ continued progress towards economic self-sufficiency. Participants who have long-term or permanent housing are able to pursue educational and employment goals that will support and strengthen their families going forward.
Integrated Services provide additional support to our other programs. With this expanded Mobility Mentoring practice, participants are able to more deeply engage with goal setting in crucial areas or increase family involvement in the Mobility Mentoring process.

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Community Comparisons

Housing

67% of homeless participants in the US Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program were stably housed at program exit. Of the 136 participants who exited our shelter programs in FY19, 82% exited to stable permanent housing.

Finance

In 2016, 32% of US adults had obtained a credit report. In comparison, 45% of our adult participants obtained a credit report in the past fiscal year.

Income

One study of current/former TANF recipients found that 25% had a significant increase (>10%) in earned income in 3 years. Of participants who had two income assessments more than six months apart, 66% had a 10% or greater increase in earned income.