Grounded in our shared aspiration for the community and belief in the innate potential of all individuals and families, three key guiding principles govern the work of the Platform of Hope.
Confront inequity by acknowledging and understanding persistent racial inequity, as well as other systems of exclusion and inaccessibility.
Listen to families by centering our work around the voices of the Platform of Hope families, considering their interests, strategies, and solutions to ensure that our collective work is connected to the needs and hopes of our community.
Respond, be transparent, and reflective about the effectiveness of our work. While being open to adjust our program goals, services, and target outcomes in response to what we learn.
The Platform of Hope is a collective model that is innovative and urgently needed:
• The Platform of Hope model is predicated on the knowledge that all individuals and families possess resources, skills and creative solutions. In the Platform of Hope model, families with low-incomes define their own life goals, in areas such as income security, education, and housing to mention a few. Acting as a cohort, the families will support each other and leverage their social capital to reach their defined goals.
• In addition to the 5 partners on the Steering Committee, the Platform of Hope engages many more nonprofit organizations to provide services that the families tell us they need such as workforce development and legal services. The families of The Platform of Hope will have direct access to the services provided by the nonprofit partners to support the pursuit of their goals.
• The Platform of Hope intentionally confronts systems that create and perpetuate racial inequities. Individually, the collaborating organizations respond to these inequities. Collectively, we can advocate for and enact real systems change.
• The Platform of Hope model is data driven. The Allied Partners have agreed to establish a dashboard of shared goals, targets, measures, and progress indicators for the Platform of Hope and during the pilot; we will collect data from the families across the targeted outcomes.
• The initial cohort in the Adams Morgan neighborhood is only the beginning. The Platform of Hope is creating a model that can effectively be replicated in the DC Metropolitan region and beyond.