LIFT-LA Member2Member Project

submission by Mrhonecollins

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):


Organization(s) website(s):

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):


Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


LIFT works to lift families out of poverty for good by connecting them to resources that fortify personal (confidence, grit), social (tapping into networks), and financial (jobs, educations, employment) foundations needed to reach economic stability.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


LIFT-LA’s model is predicated on the belief that poverty is complicated, getting help should not be-- more connected families are more likely to manage crises and move out of poverty. We will augment our current model by sharpening our focus to work with parents with young children to truly break the cycle of poverty. We will build the formal and informal supports necessary to get resources directly into their hands.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Tenant partner of the Magnolia Community Initiative

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Dual generation programmatic refocus with new Member2Member pilot.

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


In building a dual generation approach to poverty alleviation, LIFT-LA will build on its model to connect parents with children to the resources needed to address short term financial crisis. We recognize that stability is about more than income. At LIFT, they are connected with a volunteer advocate who provides sustained support helping community members navigate a host of resources from public benefits enrollment to eviction prevention. Building trusting relationships and partnering to achieve goals, like better employment and education, are foundational elements that impact children’s long-term outcomes. Patty came to us homeless, living in her car with her son. In one month, they found a home that they love plus health care, job training, and transportation assistance for her son to get to school. Since 2013, LIFT-LA has created positive outcomes almost 3,000 families like Patty’s- in 2014 we put over a half million dollars back into the pockets of the members we serve and has established itself as a model for more effective and human-centered service.

In Our Kids, Putnam asserts that strong community bonds and social networks results in increased health, happiness, economic success, and child welfare. We all count on others to get ahead often utilizing the 3 f’s—family, friends, and Facebook. Like financial capital, social capital (including that afforded by social media) is distributed unevenly with higher income families having a more robust network than poorer families. Member2Member delivers goods and services from those who are well-connected and wanting to be of help to those who are socially isolated with a myriad of barriers to access support. We know that a $3,000 increase in parents’ income during a child’s early years is associated with a 17 percent increase in the child’s future earnings. A 2006 trial in Vietnam gave one-off handouts to 550 households; two years later, local poverty rates had fallen by 20 percentage points. We also know that intervening early to support the development of a high-quality relationship between parent and child mitigates the negative impact of toxic stress, a risk factor for lifelong health and social problems. Imagine the returns if we invested in this type of resource exchange. How might we fundamentally alter the trajectory of children’s lives? Our hope is that we can create a brighter and richer childhood for the next generation and, in doing so, make LA a healthier place to live.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


LIFT measures Member progress in two ways:

1. We track financial progress (employment, housing) in our online case management system, Link.

2. Second, we utilize Constituent Voice (CV), a system that utilizes micro-surveys to capture participant feedback about service quality and personal and social foundations after each Member meeting. Similar to the way that for-profit organizations use consumer feedback to improve product quality and service, CV enables LIFT to solicit feedback on its services from our members' rating.

LIFT was one of the first non-profits in the country to implement CV. Our data shows that individuals that score high on the personal and social factors are twice as likely to sustain progress on their financial goals. We have also learned that social connectedness may be the most predictive indicator of economic success. Using this information, we implement program refinements that, through CV, our members are telling us make a difference in their lives.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

1 Pink talk bubble tail c96b4a07ef1417e25d0bcf5c4cba4766b8bbf0382f07677990a9d5577885d4d7

Go #LIFTLA - we've got this!

by Jvommers4
6 months ago

Pink ribbon award box icon 45b87e779c93f5099a48378c2aadc0fcd51184974daecf76e3f5c50034ea21fb
Award topvotedidea 5a5ae14e3d56a10363ea2a398cece46cf4df891213cbe68677c19d8903a1932a
Circle 1 inactive e7784182a1bd5eace578987db27fc19ec6337f418c48c6c8732605b9043d50d0 Step1 title submission inactive cde083e53089b973e7c9dc80a44a038c1ce4cf3b2650aeb5549157d1ed58a2d9

Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
at 07:00 PM UTC

Circle 2 inactive 74a43088831beb43fdbd7591ef5d50a5a7a26ff92c9e8ed489782459fa31a8d9 Step2 title voting inactive 96be722f53c417edddb5742ba9a6dc2fd403f7e4f6c19dbe883d50d20d93689d

Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

Circle 3 83da7a9432aeea960e1a9e9ee93e7ea1221af6c8f42b27964f2e9999d94b2b8d Step3 title 3d9e2a65d6ea1ad301f8fc607f5f828bd96362932c71d81c0da5b1fd964422b0

Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015