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Family Foundations and JAX Chamber Announce Results of the 1,000 in 1,000 Program

November 19th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Family Foundations and the JAX Chamber today presented the pilot program study findings of the 1,000 in 1,000 program. The program’s goal is to move 1,000 people in Jacksonville out of poverty every 1,000 days.

According to data from the last U. S. Census, more than 16 percent of Jacksonville’s population is living under the federal poverty line. For the study, a city-wide coalition of strategic partners came together to examine ways to reduce and eliminate poverty in the community. They developed and tested a solution to move families from poverty to self-sufficiency, and achieved significant results.

“When families do not have the skills, abilities and support to get jobs with sufficient income, they cannot move ahead,” said JAX Chamber President & CEO Daniel Davis. “It is not enough to just bring great jobs to Jacksonville. We must equip working families to obtain and succeed in those jobs.”

With the financial support of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund and the City of Jacksonville, the coalition recruited 100 families for the study and surrounded them with support and intervention. In addition, the study investigated similar initiatives across the country to determine best practices.

As a result, organizers developed a Theory of Change that families must build human, social and financial assets in order to move out of poverty. Human assets are the skills, knowledge and abilities to find and keep a good-paying job. Social assets are those required for taking care of children and having relationships with others. Financial assets make it possible to effectively manage money and build wealth.

Every family had 1,000 days to complete their personal work plan. The coalition’s analysis focused on identifying the interventions that would lead to family success. They identified the nine interventions that were most powerful and then analyzed how those interventions, taken together, affected the family’s ability to succeed.

“Poverty is a complex issue,” said Family Foundations President and CEO Dawn Lockhart. “Our work clearly demonstrates that a systematic approach to surrounding families in poverty with key interventions is a successful method to move a substantial number of people out of poverty within a defined period of time.”

More information about the 1,000 in 1,000 program is available at www.familyfoundations.org and at www.1000in1000.com.

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