Economic Security We help partners advance strategies for increasing equitable access to economic opportunity and security for more people. Through projects focused on workforce development, small business success, stable housing, and chronic homelessness, we are working to eliminate barriers and enable more people to live financially secure lives.
Workforce development involves enhancing programs designed to help people successfully enter the workforce, especially in underserved communities where workforce opportunities are more difficult to find. The primary approaches undertaken by nonprofit, government, and employer-run programs include soft skills and basic skills training, connection to transitional jobs, placement support and access to resources, and industry-focused job training programs. Effective workforce development programs have the potential to transform the livelihood and wellbeing of individual workers and their families, reverse the high direct and indirect costs of unemployment, and enable industries to thrive by expanding the pool of qualified workers. Root Cause works with our partners to enhance opportunity for education, training and career success so people can enter and succeed in the workforce.
Small Business Development
A pathway to a healthy life requires that an individual can support the needs of their family, which entails securing a steady job. Small business development is a means to expand local economies and secure sustainable employment options for people of all income-levels in their own communities. Often, small businesses find themselves being pushed out of opportunities by larger competitors; particularly those in the American business sector. Small business owners experience obstacles that come with growth, which is why it is important to recognize and overcome the most common problems in order to move forward in sustainable small business development. It is with effective leadership that people can make the most of an opportunity and create a plan for business growth.
According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), chronically homeless individuals are those who have a disability, such as mental illness, drug dependency, or a physical impairment. In addition to this, they need to have been living in a place unsuitable for habitation or a homeless shelter for one continuous year or have had four incidents of homelessness in three years. While the risk factors for homelessness are applicable to both temporary and chronic homelessness, the latter involves an additional set of risk factors that limit a person from finding a stable home and exiting homelessness. These risk factors include lack of income, unexpected healthcare costs, and lack of affordable housing. Through the first Pay for Success initiative of its kind, Root Cause has taken on the evaluator role in finding sustainable living solutions for individuals affected by chronic homelessness in Massachusetts.