On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Worcester Housing Authority released data on its program A Better Life, which began in 2011 and now includes provisions requiring residents in state-subsidized housing to work, attend training or provide 30 hours of community services each week.
Initially decried by housing advocates who feared the program would be an unfunded mandate at best, racist and punitive at worst, A Better Life has once again showed itself to be a valuable and efficient self-sufficiency program.
The first study after the work-school requirements became mandatory last year and published in July, showed the program was working. The highlights of the latest update, covering 154 participants and using data collected through Dec. 1, include:
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