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2016 Program Outcomes

Program Outcome Survey Results

Since its founding in 1988, Bridge Communities has helped more than 750 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 graduated the two-year Transitional Housing Program.  Results from clients who graduated the Program in 2015 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


98% of clients who graduated the Program in the past year were able to maintain stable housing

40% fair market housing 
5% subsidized housing
23% living with a relative
15% owns a home
15% in Bridge Communities Pathways program


93% of former clients were able to maintain stable employment

78% are employed full-time 
15% are employed part-time
7% did not disclose employment status

Debt Management

Only 22% of former clients reported an increased level of debt since they left the Program. Of that figure, 66% increased debt only due to purchasing a home. 

48% debt remained the same or decreased
30% did not disclose debt status


20% of clients have improved or advanced their education since exiting the Program.
Of those, 5% earned a degree or certification