A Better Life (ABL) strives to improve outcomes for state-aided public housing residents in the areas of employment, financial literacy, and education and focuses on economic advancement based on the potential of each individual family. ABL was originally designed by the Worcester Housing Authority to help public housing residents achieve economic self-sufficiency and has four components: 1) An individualized plan for each participant and coaches to support their journey 2) partnerships with local service providers 3) a work, school training or volunteer requirement for LHA residents; and 4) an escrow account for participants.
Four housing authorities were recently awarded grants to spend one year to research, design, and prepare to launch the A Better Life (ABL) program in their state-aided public housing family portfolios. Upon approval of their implementation plans, DHCD has committed to up to three years of implementation funding. ABL programs will be launched within one year of receipt of planning grants.
Winning Planning Grant Proposals:
Notice of Funding Ability (NOFA)
Notice of Funding Ability Q&A
For further information:
Please contact the Bureau of Housing Management at (617) 573-1150.