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2014 Program Outcomes

Program Outcome Survey Results

Since its founding in 1988, Bridge Communities has helped over 600 families successfully cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency, permanent housing and financial stability.  In 1999, Bridge began to survey client families one-year after they exited the two-year Transitional Housing Program.  Results from clients who exited the Program in 2013 indicate that while in the Transitional Housing Program, Bridge client families developed the skills necessary to live productive, self-sufficient lives.

Housing, Employment, Debt Management and Educational Outcomes


94% of clients who exited the Program in the past year were able to maintain stable housing

59% fair market housing 
13% subsidized housing
13% living with a relative
9% owns a home
6% did not disclose housing status


84% of former clients were able to maintain stable employment

75% are employed full-time 
9% are employed part-time
16% did not disclose employment status

Debt Management

69% of former clients had not increased level of debt since they left the Program

69% debt remained the same or decreased
13% debt increased
19% did not disclose debt status


19% of clients have improved or advanced their education since exiting the Program

Of those, 50% earned a degree or certification

To rent a typical apartment in DuPage County, a person who works a job that only pays minimum wage would need to work 107 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.