Taking the initiative

We travel to the Bay Area to examine the Family Independence Initiative, a program designed to help the working poor help themselves emerge from poverty.

The organization pays people in low-income communities to track changes in income, assets, debt, health care and education on a monthly basis and it pays them when there are positive developments in their lives. Participants also meet with others in their community to advise each other and hold each other accountable to stated goals. The idea is that these new networks will help them devise solutions to family and financial problems rather than rely on government assistance or non-profit organizations.

We meet with several participants to find out why they decided to join the Family Independence Initiative, and with Maurice Lim Miller, the founder of the organization.

 

 

 

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fafa-Sojidellha/100002565544953 Fafa Sojidellha

    Program sounds good. What would make it even better and increase the number of participants? If it also explained to the target population WHY they were impoverished in the first place — a story that’s significantly different from the Irish and Italians’. This knowledge would decrease demoralization and motivate. For real. By his misplaced self-righteousness, it’s clear that Haskins requires this edification too…

  • guest

    California is the second largest State in US and the sixth largest in the nation. But businesses are not doing well as expected. Let us not forget that ‘no one plans to fail; we fail to plan’. That is why we have so many problems in this country in the first place. Many Americans live below the poverty line. The solution must come from the Education department, and not from the Entertainment Industry. It is too late to dig a well when someone is thirsty. When your primary needs such as food, shelter, and clothing are not met, no one will go for a movie or watch baseball or basketball. Our educational institutions such as colleges and universities have to do a lot to develop the economy and create the opportunities, instead of raising the tuition fees every semester. TV News Media should take the iniative and can help the community rather than wasting time on watching Dancing with the Stars or who is the Biggest Loser. As it is , we have lost many good things in this country.

  • guest

    California is the second largest State in US and the sixth largest in the nation. But businesses are not doing well as expected. Let us not forget that ‘no one plans to fail; we fail to plan’. That is why we have so many problems in this country in the first place. Many Americans live below the poverty line. The solution must come from the Education department, and not from the Entertainment Industry. It is too late to dig a well when someone is thirsty. When your primary needs such as food, shelter, and clothing are not met, no one will go for a movie or watch baseball or basketball. Our educational institutions such as colleges and universities have to do a lot to develop the economy and create the opportunities, instead of raising the tuition fees every semester. TV News Media should take the iniative and can help the community rather than wasting time on watching Dancing with the Stars or who is the Biggest Loser. As it is , we have lost many good things in this country.

  • mbee1

    Pays them to keep a diary?  This is helping people change?  I bet that the people being helped are the employees and owners of this phony organization.  The real way to change peoples lives would be to bring jobs back to Oakland and the bay area.  Instead the liberal idiots runing the place do everything in their power to destroy any manufacturing jobs and any other job they can.

  • Guest

    This is a great program, but YOU must be self motivated! They will not hold your hand they will reward you if you are making positive moves in the right direction. You must set your own goals and work to achieve them . Thanks Maurice Lim for your forward thinking!