“Two-Generation/Whole Family” approach to career readiness helps local families escape poverty – Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Springfield WORKS is a collaboration that aims to promote economic opportunity for all and includes more than 30 local organizations – including Head Start, BayState Health, Dress for Success Western MA, Holyoke and Springfield Technical Community Colleges, and Springfield Partners for Community Action. The collaborative focuses on residents in Hampden County, where the $13.50 minimum wage is less than half of the living wage of $32.09, according to data on the Springfield WORKS site. Additionally, the annual income of the growing number of Hispanic/Latino households lags other races.

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