Pathways to a Better Life

The Sarasota Housing Authority has developed a pilot program, Pathways to a Better Life (PBL) that partners with families for the express purpose of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and bringing about self-sufficiency. We believe families who are willing to work hard should have the opportunity to achieve a better life through being provided the benefit of public housing while they participate in this program.

PBL is intended to incentivize low-income families in need of housing to voluntarily sign a lease addendum that requires them to comply with the agreed upon requirements of full time work and/or school to put themselves and their children on a direct pathway to a better life. A two-generation approach will be utilized incorporating:

  1. a major focus on early childhood education as well as education opportunities for parents;
  2. economic supports with subsidized housing as well as savings accounts funded through monies the family would otherwise pay in rent as their income increases;
  3. health screenings and services coordinated by the new Babies and Children’s Medical Center Clinic in the Glasser-Schoenbaum Center, just two blocks from our family development;
  4. building on and enhancing social capital through enhanced parent networks already started in partnership with the United Way.

Our program is built on four pillars:

  1. Belief in the ability of our residents
  2. The value of high expectations, for parents and children
  3. A two-generation strategy and approach to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty
  4. Taking ownership of and accountability for choices