Attaining Self-Sufficiency to Reduce Poverty
The social approach to people living below the federal poverty level is often reactive and result in reliance upon public financial assistance. This approach is disempowering as it suggests people are not capable of advancing from poverty. It is costly to state and federal governments to provide ongoing financial assistance that is absent a return on investment or accompanied with a strategy that supports growth and advancement from poverty to independence. The potential of people in poverty is almost always significantly greater than the systems that support them suggests.
Align customized and direct human-centered interventions from trained and experienced social service providers to those in poverty to achieve financial independence by growing and managing one’s assets and income. These interventions include accessing free community resources that are mostly philanthropically and privately funded to develop a mutually agreed upon personalized plan utilizing best practice models to achieving financial independence and self-sufficiency.
Successfully aligning human-centered and customized interventions to people in poverty to help them advance to independence results in public cost savings, an increased tax base, reduced unemployment rates, empowered people and a better community in which to live.