Mobility Mentoring® Centers
The Boston Mobility Mentoring® Center is located at CWU’s downtown office. Staff members with special expertise in career management, financial literacy, higher education, and other skills help low-income families set and attain individualized goals that will help them get moving along the pathway to economic independence. At Mobility Mentoring Centers, individuals receive free assessments, one-on-one counseling, and referrals to community resources that will help them and their families get ahead.
The Cambridge Mobility Mentoring® Centeris located in the office of the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) as part of SOAR (Supporting Opportunity, Achieving Results)—a place-based economic mobility program conceived in 2010 and launched in December 2012 with the partnership of CHA and Heading Home. SOAR is based on CWU’s Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® and uses Mobility Mentoring to provide a continuum of supportive services and resources from CHA, CWU, and Heading Home. These services are offered to low-income families living in Cambridge public housing or receiving housing subsidies through CHA and who are invested in advancing their economic mobility.
The program was designed to help create a community of upward mobility within the Cambridge public housing system and offer low-income families a streamlined path to increased economic independence. SOAR will serve at least 250 families in the next two years, drawing from CHA residents and voucher holders in an effort to help these families further their education, earn more money through increased employment and better financial management, and thereby increase their family stability and well-being.