WHA’s A Better Life passes muster in preliminary report

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An interim evaluation report by Boston University research partners indicates that the Worcester Housing Authority’s “A Better Life” self-sufficiency program has helped participants gain employment and educational opportunities, and dramatically impacted their earnings outlook.

This could be a critical factor as the housing authority continues to roll out its work/school requirements for residents of its state-subsidized units.

The mean average annual income of enrollees was $8,385 in 2012, the program’s initial implementation year. After two years, participants earned an average of $18,893, according to a 20-page report submitted by Emily F. Rothman and Jennifer Paruk of the BU School of Public Health’s Dept. of Community Health Sciences.

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