Forgotten Families

By Joel Oliphint

Columbus Alive

A pilot program is taking families out of high-poverty areas and helping them relocate in better neighborhoods. Could Move to Prosper play a crucial role in tackling Central Ohio’s affordable housing crisis?

The smell would always hit her first.

Kateresa Lee tried to ignore the musty, dank odor inside of her Reynoldsburg apartment, just like she tried to ignore the seedy characters engaging in handshake deals outside of her unit.

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Amy Klaben
PRESS RELEASE: Coaching and Rental Support Dramatically Improve Family Outcomes, Study Finds

A study of the new Move to PROSPER program finds that comprehensive family coaching paired with temporary partial rental support dramatically improves family outcomes for both children and their parents. In just four months, 70 percent of enrolled families saw improvements in child behavior; 60 percent reported youth having a higher self-image; and 50 percent began earning higher grades. Participants also experienced greater financial stability, reductions in health complications, and lessening of maternal stress.

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Lizzie Rosen