1,000 Out of Poverty
The 1,000 Out of Poverty Project is a coalition of five agencies throughout Santa Clara County committed to moving 1,000 people out of poverty. The project disrupts how nonprofit and government agencies address poverty by focusing on the results of unemployed, employable adults moving out of poverty through multi-agency interdisciplinary services using common outcome metrics.
The focus is not only on poverty alleviation, but on poverty reduction, and the coalition will test the best strategies to reach our goal. Each organization utilizes the strategies they believe work best for the populations they serve, e.g., job development, benefits assistance, client advocacy, education and training, self-help networks, micro-enterprises, social enterprises, asset development, and self-sufficiency planning.
Each of these organizations use a common tool to measure their results called the Step Up Self-Sufficiency Matrix. This measure focuses on food, housing, healthcare, education, and income growth.
To move 1,000 people out of poverty.
The committed organizations will use their existing strategies to both alleviate and reduce poverty for 1,000 clients. Organizations will assist one another with services needed by each other’s clients by using a referral system.
Outputs are typically based on the amount of services received. This movement measures how many clients get out of poverty based on a client-centered and data-driven design.
A COMMON MEASURE
The Step Up Self-Sufficiency Matrix will be used to measure the successes of the project. This tool focuses on five issue areas of food, housing, health care, education, and income growth.
CURRENT COMMITTED ORGANIZATIONS
1,000 Out of Poverty Team
1,000 Out of Poverty Supporting Partners