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.

PBL is intended to assist low-income families in need of housing who voluntarily agree to work and/or be in school full time in order to put themselves and their children on a direct pathway to a better life. A two-generation approach will be utilized incorporating:

  1. Intensive case management to help guide and support the whole family achieve their goals;
  2. A major focus on early childhood education as well as education opportunities for parents;
  3. Economic supports with subsidized housing as well as savings accounts funded through monies the family would otherwise pay in rent as their income increases;
  4. Access to 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;
  5. Building on and enhancing social capital through parent networks.

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