The Foundation's Center for Working Families model helps low-income individuals and families get on a path to financial stability. Funders and organizations throughout the country have taken up and adapted this approach, forming the Working Families Success Network in 2013. Here's how it works:

  • The Center for Working Families model has been adopted at more than 100 locations throughout the country and at least two dozen states. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit focused on community development, has the largest number of affiliated sites — nearly 70.
  • Sites using the Center for Working Families approach served more than 100,000 people in the past five years. In 2012 alone at the LISC-supported centers, more than 4,400 people found jobs, nearly 3,300 were able to get steady 30-day employment and 2,300 obtained public benefits.
  • More than 4,300 LISC center participants in 2012 increased their net incomes, 2,800 improved their net worth, and 2,700 improved their credit score.
  • Program participants also were five times more likely to achieve a major economic outcome — such as buying a car, getting out of debt or completing a training or education program — than their counterparts who did not receive an intensive, coordinated set of services.
  • Community colleges have seen higher retention rates for students who participated in their programs based on the Center for Working Families model.

Discover how the Center for Working Families went from prototype to national model.

Many students from low-income families attend community college to get ahead — but often end up struggling to juggle school with supporting themselves and their families. Center for Working Families at Community Colleges reveals how our approach is clearing financial barriers to student success.

What do Centers for Working Families look like on the ground? Learn how three sites have implemented the model, and check out this guide for steps to create a successful center.

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Working Families Success Network

The Foundation and other funders formed a national network to make an integrated-services approach standard practice for helping low-income individuals and families achieve financial stability.

The Case for Coordinated Services

Families struggling to make ends meet can find it difficult to access available services that could help move them to stability. Weaving such services together not only makes sense — it makes a real difference.

A Resource for Practitioners

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation's Integrated Services Delivery site is a comprehensive resource for practitioners or anyone interested in an up-close look at this successful strategy.