The Annie E. Casey Foundation wants to spread the word about its Centers for Working Families (CWF) concept. CWF tackles the problems faced by low-income working families navigating a fragmented system trying to help. CWF offers a framework for delivering key services and financial supports through an integrated approach. This report presents insights into three successful programs showing how they have adopted the CWF approach in response to different local circumstances and opportunities. It also offers a picture of what the fully developed CWF’s approach looks like.
This report is a technical supplement to the 36-month impact report for the Building Strong Families (BSF) evaluation (Wood et al. 2012). It provides additional detail about the research design, analytic methods, and variable construction that were used for the 36-month analysis, as well as a discussion of the subgroup analysis that was conducted. Additionally, the report discusses the treatment-on-the-treated (TOT) impact analysis, an analysis of BSF’s effects on couples who actually attended BSF group sessions.
This report presents results from the early implementation of the study of the Impact of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, referred to here as the Family Options Study. The Family Options Study is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to measure the relative impacts of four interventions commonly employed within local communities to help families experiencing homelessness.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, together with its grantees, is working to build greater financial opportunity and security in the communities across the Pacific Northwest. We prioritize support for financial security because we believe it is a critical foundation for disrupting poverty and building a level of wealth that can buffer families from devastating economic setbacks.
The purpose of this book is to improve our understanding of how social contexts--especially those of family, neighborhood, and school—bear on the long-term well-being of disadvantaged urban youth. Well-being, for our purposes, is captured not only in objective measures such as educational level, occupation, earnings, family formation, and avoidance of problem behaviors (substance use, brushes with the law), but also in self-perceptions of well-being and life satisfaction.
A large body of nonexperimental literature finds residing in a disadvantaged neighborhood is deleterious for mental health, and recent evidence from the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program—a social experiment giving families living in high-poverty neighborhoods the opportunity to move to low-poverty neighborhoods—suggests a causal effect of moving to a low-poverty neighborhood on adult mental health. We use qualitative data from 67 Baltimore adults who signed up for the MTO program to understand how moving to a low-poverty neighborhood produced these mental health benefits.
The Moving To Opportunity randomized housing voucher demonstration finds virtually no significant effects on employment or earnings of adults. Using qualitative data from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 67 participants in Baltimore, we find that although the voucher and control groups have similar rates of employment and earnings, respondents’ relationship to the labor market does differ by program group.
The service pathways analysis examines a family’s progress along a pathway towards self-sufficiency and financial stability through employment, increasing income, and accumulation of wealth – the three pillars of the Center for Working Families (CWF) concept.
Established more than 30 years ago, Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Typically serving between 150 and 200 students from grades 9 or 10 through grade 12, Career Academies are organized as small learning communities, combine academic and technical curricula around a career theme, and establish partnerships with local employers to provide work-based learning opportunities.
The Center for Working Families (CWF) is built on the premise that many barriers prevent low-income working families from improving their incomes, building their assets, and achieving economic security. As such, CWF sites have adopted a comprehensive service model that emphasizes three areas: employment and education services, income and work supports, and financial education and asset-building services. “Coaching” support is provided to participants by program staff who serve as financial guidance counselors or case managers.