Date of Award

Summer 6-19-1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Glenda Dewberry Rooney

Second Advisor

Sharon Patten

Third Advisor

Karen Hall


The decreasing size of the United States' affordable housing stock coupled with increasing rates of family poverty and demand for housing assistance make it essential to find ways to make subsidized, family housing communities more transitional in nature and able to serve more low-income families. One way of doing so is by creating economic self-sufficiency (ESS) program within those communities. This study surveyed managers of six existing housing-based ESS programs on their experiences with regard to program development and their thoughts on program components most effective in moving residents toward increased ESS. Program components rated most effective included GED classes, computer classes, job training programs, access to computers, parenting education, job counseling and youth tutoring. Other findings are presented as they relate to each program development task.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Geving.WA

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