Since 2010, FII-Greater Boston has been demonstrating how families can transform their neighborhoods and the city while serving as a model for FII’s national expansion.

Boston & Cambridge

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FII–Greater Boston 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.

FII-Greater Boston, launched in 2010 and has quickly grown to the largest site in FII’s national network. In 2019, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and the City of Boston, we launched a 3-year pilot project called the Trust and Invest Collaborative. The initiative is a systems transformation research and learning pilot where the FII model will be layered on to traditional DTA services and benefits through DTA’s Boston-area offices.  

We believe, and 9 years of experience confirms that the long-­term solutions to permanently exit poverty lie within one’s own community. Rather than imposing solutions from the top down as traditional social service agencies do, FII fuels the solutions to economic and social mobility that families uncover and develop for themselves through deep trust and direct cash investment. Today, FII–Greater Boston partners with nearly 1,000 families within the diverse  neighborhoods of East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury, and in the City of Cambridge. Through these family partnerships, we are shifting the way that Greater Boston’s communities and families living with low-incomes are perceived and how systems invest in them. Already, these families are leading the way on this nationwide movement.

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