Q8: Why is a program like this important and how does it affect the overall economic success of a region?
A8: Multi-Gen has proven instrumental in helping people enter or re-enter the Pennsylvania workforce. We are doing our part to help lower unemployment! Since the program’s inception two years ago, 42 people have secured full-time employment. Our employment placement rate is 85% and we’re optimistic it will keep rising the longer we offer the program.
Another huge benefit of Multi-Gen is the impact it has on the children. Boosting the income of a child’s parents when the child is young is proven to be correlated with a significant increase in that child’s future earnings. Multi-Gen programs typically provide training and assistance to parents, which leads to employment at a minimum of $13.25 an hour for a full-time job, which will place them just above the poverty line for a family of four.
According to the Urban Institute, “Investments in multi-generational models could significantly reduce or even eliminate the investment required to support third and subsequent generations.”