Since 2010, FII-Boston and Cambridge has been demonstrating how families can transform their neighborhoods and the city while serving as a model for FII’s national expansion.
FII– Boston & Cambridge and its family partners are leading the movement to change the stereotypes and perceptions of low-income working families and are demonstrating a new way to invest in their efforts.
As FII’s largest site, we are demonstrating the power and potential of low-income communities by deepening and expanding our support of families’ grassroots organizing skills and investing in those initiatives and projects. Today, FII – Boston & Cambridge partners with families within the diverse low-income neighborhoods of East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury, and in the City of Cambridge. By 2020, we aim to partner with 2,000 families from the poorest neighborhoods. Specifically, in Cambridge we aim to partner with 400 families by 2020. Through these family partnerships, we will shift the way that Boston and Cambridge’s low-income communities and families are perceived and invested in. Already, these families are leading the way on this nationwide movement.
Total Number of UpTogether Fund Dollars Allocated to Families over time
Number of Touchpoints in UpTogether
Boston & Cambridge: Family Metrics
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII:
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc.
Average increase in monthly income
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 17% increase in monthly income. Median baseline total income for the average family size of 4 is $20,640/year or 82% of the 2018 federal poverty line. After two years of engagement with FII, the median total family income is $23,844/year or 95% of the poverty line.
Average increase in total liquid assets
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report an increase in their total liquid assets from $256 to $2,160.
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 77% decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP,
After 2 years families grow their assets by $4,047
Over the two years they are enrolled in FII, the average investment directly to a family is $2400. Using this investment, families grow their assets by $4,047 (or 1.7 times the investment).
Boston & Cambridge | Housing
Hi, My name is Tome’ Andrade and I am a proud FII-Boston family partner. One simple question which repeated itself each month in the journals – “What actions have you taken towards your goals since last month?” – changed my relationship with my goal creating accountability and thrust me into gear to reach my goals.
- Accomplished my goal of purchasing a home in 2016!
- In two years, I grew my credit score from 628 to 750
FII-Greater Boston Director
National Executive Director and Co-Founder, Greenlight Fund
Former Senior Lecturer, Practice of Philanthropy, Harvard Kennedy School
Former Senior Philanthropic Officer, Pilot House Associates
President, Cambridge Community Foundation
President, EOS Foundation
Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Boston
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