Mi Casa Resource Center has been awarded a three-year, $690,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to bring together Mi Casa’s multiple economic advancement services to help low-income families move toward economic self-sufficiency.
“Integrated services” – or providing multiple, bundled services at a single location– is a national model for service delivery that has been validated by social sciences research and proven to lead to more positive outcomes for low-income individuals (e.g., getting a job, increasing income, decreasing debt-to-income ratio, etc.).
“For the last several years, Mi Casa has been systematically developing a comprehensive array of services that help individuals increase their income, build assets or address other financial concerns,” says Mi Casa CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson. “We know that when you help a parent stabilize financially, you’re also helping their children. And when a person launches or grows a business, you’re also creating jobs for their employees. Mi Casa will use this funding to create a system that helps families define their economic goals and access the various services they need to achieve those goals. Funding will also help us evaluate the program to understand its effectiveness and impact on moving families out of poverty.”
Part of the rationale of the Kellogg Foundation in making this investment in Mi Casa is to add to the body of knowledge and research that supports integrated services as an effective national model for economic empowerment work.
By supporting Mi Casa, the Kellogg Foundation hopes to learn how a model that includes small business development programs and services for multiple generations can inform the national conversation about integrated services, a model that is being replicated across the country.
“We are excited to invest in Mi Casa to help inform what we are learning nationally around integrated service delivery (ISD). Although we have proven data on how ISD impacts workforce development efforts, we know much less about how these services impact outcomes for entrepreneurs. This is new ground for the field and could really offer exciting insights into how best to serve and support entrepreneurs personally and towards sustaining their businesses,” says Paula Sammons, Program Officer on the Family Economic Security Team at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Mi Casa’s suite of economic advancement services, including career training, small business development programs, free tax preparation, one-on-one financial counseling, housing counseling, and GED prep are facilitated by strong partnerships.
“Through Mi Casa’s career training, small business development programs and other economic advancement services, the agency is a valued partner in the City of Denver’s efforts to deliver a world class city where everyone matters,” said Paul Washington, Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development.
The funding will initially be used to integrate services at Mi Casa’s headquarters locations with plans to roll out the model at Mi Casa’s other sites in coming years.
Learn more at www.MiCasaResourceCenter.org