Family Data Trends

FII and families from across the nation are building a movement to change the way our country perceives and invests in low-income families. As they work for economic inclusion and recognition of their efforts towards economic and social mobility, we use their data and stories as evidence to change the policies and practices that are barriers to their success.

Although families set their own goals and we cannot predict the exact outcomes our families will experience, we have learned that families consistently have significant gains in their financial position. For example, at enrollment, the average yearly income for an average FII family of four is $25,994/year or 104% of the federal poverty line. After two years, the average yearly income is $31,823/year or 127% of the poverty line.

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Family Outcomes

On average, during two years of engagement with FII, families report:

FII families have exchanged over $17,000,000 through social capital activities

Investing Directly in Families: Return on Investment

50% of families that move above the poverty line fall back under within 5 years. The Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed households in 2015 and found that just six in 10 households had enough liquid assets to cover the typical household’s financial shock cost of $2,000 (job layoff, health crisis, etc.). Families that have worked hard to escape poverty and build their assets, when faced with a financial shock, are forced to dissolve those assets before qualifying for safety net benefits — returning them to poverty and a position of need. FII invests directly in families, celebrating their strengths and filling this resource gap.

A small investment has huge returns.


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