Founded in 2001, the Family Independence Initiative works to end poverty by investing directly in low-income families, enabling them to work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Families that partner with FII set goals they want to achieve, such as purchasing a home or continuing their education, and work together to help each other meet those goals. In turn, FII provides families with a technology platform that allows them to track their progress and provides access to resources, including cash, that can advance the solutions they've discovered for themselves. Already active in seven cities across the country, FII has partnered with more than two thousand low-income families.
With the new grants, the initiative will work with community-based organizations and other partners over the next five years to reach five hundred low-income families in neighborhoods in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. In addition to $1.8 million from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors, the Cincinnati expansion is supported by the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation and the SC Ministry Foundation.
"We know that thousands of families are struggling with poverty, and we need to rethink how we invest in families and their upward mobility," said Greenlight Cincinnati executive director Tara Noland. "We are excited to have the Family Independence Initiative bring their model to our region and learn from their data on what Cincinnati families in our community need to escape poverty."