About EMPath

EMPath is a national non-profit that dramatically improves the lives of people struggling to make ends meet. Because creating economic opportunity is multifaceted, our approach is too. We offer a unique combination of direct services, learning exchange, and research and advocacy for what works. This “virtuous circle” allows each part of our work to inform what we know, do, and share with others to seed systemic change.

  • Using our research-backed method for one-on-one support, we work directly people living in poverty to help them climb the economic ladder. 

  • We partner with human services providers to get better results and re-envision the systems that serve people experiencing poverty. 

  • We do research to inform our practice and advocate to take what works to scale.

In The News

New Study Highlights Widening Racial Wealth Gap, Experts Offer Solutions to Reverse It

How to close the racial wealth gap? It’s an easy question to ask but difficult to answer, says Dr. Mary Coleman, senior vice president of EMPath.
SEP 24, 2021

With stimulus factored in, US poverty rate declined in 2020

The percentage of Americans in poverty fell last year to the lowest level on record as the federal government spent trillions of dollars to cushion the blow of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.  SEP 14, 2021

More than 300,000 will soon lose jobless benefits in Mass. The looming cutoff reveals an economy divided by extremes

In the ultimate act of unfortunate timing, the pandemic-era unemployment benefits for some 7.5 million people will run out on or just before Labor Day, the federal holiday that honors the contributions of American workers.
AUG 30, 2021

Denver-Based Organization Launches Innovative and Collaborative Model for Housing Continuity and Stability

Warren Village, a Denver-based organization focused on helping low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency, announced the launch of a two-year pilot program that will use EMPath's breakthrough coaching method.
AUG 5, 2021

4 Your Community: Boys & Girls Club Of Dorchester's LIFT Program

The LIFT Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, which uses EMPath's coaching approach, is featured on WBZ-TV's 4 Your Community. JUN 5, 2021

How The Pandemic Is Challenging Our Understanding Of Poverty

The COVID-19 pandemic pulled an estimated eight million Americans into poverty.

MAR 24, 2021