Select Page


This paper from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights major lessons learned from their work to implement the Center for Working Families (CWF) initiative as a strategy to link families with three critical services to promote family economic success. The CWF model focuses on three core service areas: workforce/career services to promote stable employment and advancement opportunities, income support services to help low-wage workers access public benefits, and financial services that encourage asset building. In the CWF model these core services are delivered by neighborhood-based organizations that offer both streamlined access to benefits and one-on-one relationships with clients. The key concept driving this approach is the premise that bundling these core services will result in greater benefits for families.