Family Empowerment Program
The Family Empowerment Program (FEP) housed at Eastern Michigan University and coordinated by on-site social workers is a key point for social, health and economic access, education support and community navigation for families living in all Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YHC) communities. Through partnerships and programming, the FEP has developed a social services program whose purpose is substantially improve the educational, health, and economic outcomes for all 568 individuals currently living in YHC communities.
The FEP is designed to be flexible enough to address the needs a vulnerable individual may have: housing, food assistance, child care, transportation, access to health and dental care, all using the tools of self-empowerment, self-reliance, and agency with the support and coaching of the FEP staff. This person-centered approach to case management allows for staff to become familiar with each individual in the FEP, ensuring that programming and available services meet the needs of the individual as well as those of the southern side of Ypsilanti as a whole making it community minded.
The Family Empowerment Program works closely with Eastern Michigan University School and the University of Michigan schools of Social Work. Since its inception FEP has been a field placement site for over 20 BSW/MSW students. The program provides EMU’s Social Work 350 students their first community experience through various projects. By establishing and nurturing community connections while establishing relevant goals for participants, the FEP helps its residents achieve success by assisting them in gaining traction at their jobs, improving education, financial literacy, and other measures that are designed to help families work their way to self-sufficiency.
The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund
at The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Ypsilanti Housing Commission, HOPE Clinic, United Way of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti Community Schools, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, Ann Arbor YMCA, Avalon Housing