Our homeless program benchmarking and best practices analysis indicates that achieving a minimum level of education is important for achieving long term financial independence. In 2002, Ward Family Foundation worked with a homeless program in the Washington, D.C. area to establish a college scholarship fund for use by its residents.
Sixteen residents were able to use the scholarship funds at a local community college. Courses taken included accounting, business, art, chemistry, English and computer training. Many of the students excelled and eventually found good jobs with strong career potential.