Why We Matter
Radically Resident Driven
Springboard To Opportunities is built on the premise that affordable housing combined with strategic, resident-engaged services can provide a platform for low-income people to advance themselves in life, school and work.
Affordable housing is an important starting point, but it’s not enough.
Today, more than 16 percent of Americans are poor, and almost one in five children lives in poverty. An affordable rent - either set at a below-market rate or at a percentage of income - is an essential step toward helping low-income people stabilize their living situations so they can move ahead in life.
However, many individuals and families living in affordable housing face multiple obstacles to achieving their aspirations. For example:
- They may not have the education or experience necessary to obtain and keep a decent-paying job.
- They may be single parents with several young children, without affordable child care or transportation to get to a job.
- They may suffer from mental illness, drug addiction or the aftermath of domestic violence, or they may be caring for family members with these problems.
- They may not know about - or know how to navigate - the resources in their community that could help them succeed.
- They may have language or cultural barriers preventing them from connecting with resources or succeeding in school or the workplace.
Access to safe and affordable housing is a critical step toward breaking the cycle of poverty, but it is not sufficient on its own. Residents living in affordable housing also need supportive services to help overcome these challenges and achieve a more secure and hopeful future.
Resident services must actively engage residents to be effective.
When resident services are successful, everyone wins.