What We Do

One Family takes a multi-pronged approach to our work. We advocate for public policies that will increase affordable housing and provide services to families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. At the same time, we offer direct-service programs that bridge the silos that traditionally exist between housing, education, and career supports to help families achieve economic and housing security.


Our theory of change is that if we can create policies focused on homelessness prevention while simultaneously offering direct-service programs that promote opportunities for economic advancement, then we can end family homelessness in Massachusetts. 

Click here for an overview of how we are adapting our work during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Credential to Career

Credential to Career (C2C) is a free three-month program that helps parents identify a pathway to a career that pays a family-sustaining wage, including group workshops and individual coaching sessions. At the end of the program, participants have a detailed, personal plan to achieve their career goals.

One Family Scholars

The One Family Scholars program provides individualized college, career, and financial coaching to low-income parents pursuing a college degree. Scholars also receive a scholarship that helps to offset both direct costs of college (tuition, fees) and indirect costs of college (books, supplies, and living expenses).

Public Policy

By engaging directly with legislators through our Public Policy work, One Family extends our impact beyond the families we directly serve. As a result, Massachusetts families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness have a greater opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency. 

Technical Assistance

One Family offers support and training to organizations on a fee-for-service basis, which can include needs assessments, workshops for staff or clients, training of trainers for staff, and one-on-one client-level technical assistance.