Evaluation of the Compass Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Programs Administered in Partnership with Public Housing Agencies in Lynn and Cambridge, Massachusetts

This Abt Associates report details evaluation results from Family Self-Sufficiency programs in Lynn and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In these programs, Compass Working Capital partnered with local public housing agencies to provide case management and an escrow savings account to help participants achieve their financial goals. The researchers compared the change in earnings, welfare income, credit scores, and debt over time between program participants and a matched comparison group. Participants experienced an average gain of $6,305 in household income between 2010 and 2016 and a decline of $496 in annual welfare income. Credit scores also increased an average of 23 points for participants, and their total debt decreased by an average of $764.
Record Type: 
Report
Publication Date: 
September, 2017
Date: 
September 2017
Source: 
Partner Resources
State: 
Massachusetts
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Asset Building
    • Debt Management and Credit Counseling
    • Financial Literacy and Education
  • Supportive Services
    • Housing Assistance
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