Better Tomorrows provides social services and community programming to affordable housing residents across the nation.
Better Tomorrows serves residents of affordable housing sites across the nation. The organization partners with property management companies to gain direct access to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations; namely, low-income residents and the surrounding community members.
Better Tomorrows focuses its social service efforts on matters related to:
1) Economic Stability,
2) Educational Success,
3) Healthy Lifestyles and
4) Building Strong Communities.
Offering individualized case management services and programming to youth, adults, seniors and individuals with special needs, Better Tomorrows serves 32,000 individuals across 121 sites.
Better Tomorrows supports youth, adult, and senior residents of affordable housing communities and their neighboring communities. Housed directly in the communities they serve, Better Tomorrows' data-driven case management and programming are tailored to meet the specific needs of each community they serve.
Vision: Better Tomorrows envisions a world in which all individuals, families, and neighborhoods have the resources and support necessary to be healthy, secure and connected to their communities.
Mission: Better Tomorrows’ mission is to support low income housing communities by providing comprehensive programming and individualized case management services that empower children, seniors, families and neighborhoods to thrive.
The heart of Better Tomorrows' work began in 1989 when an affordable housing owner and developer Mike Levitt invested in a new approach to property management for low-income communities.
Levitt saw an opportunity to rethink traditional affordable housing management when working with housing manager Jackie Jones. Jones, who had an extensive background in Human Services before entering the property management field, realized that affordable housing communities provided an excellent platform for delivering impact-driven programs and services to vulnerable families, youth, and seniors with few resources available to them. With Mike Levitt’s support, Jackie used her knowledge of social services combined with her management work to build a supportive community that fostered resident empowerment. At the heart of her approach, she believed the affordable housing community must go “beyond the bricks and mortar,” and be resident-focused. Jones identified areas of needed improvement within the community and mapped those needs against local resources and service provision partners. From local police departments to youth development organizations, she built partnerships across a spectrum of human services. These critical partnerships had an immediate impact on the community as was evidenced by a notable decrease in violence and an increase in residents finding meaningful, sustainable employment.
Encouraged by Jones' success at this community, Mike Levitt named her the founding director of his newly formed Social Services Department, and together they replicated this success at properties throughout Mike’s real estate portfolio. He was committed to making Jones' social services philosophy a standard for his properties. His commitment meant dedicating significant resources to the national expansion of individual resident case management and uniquely designed community programming. As the department grew, programming advanced to include vocational and computer training. Corporate partnerships and organizational liaisons were established to advance the department’s vision. Some more notable partners included Temple University, PNC Bank, UPS, and many local businesses.
With aspirations of continuing the legacy of Jackie Jones and Mike Levitt, Better Tomorrows became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit in February 2013. The multi-service organization now supports over 40,000 low-income youth, adults, and seniors in 121 affordable housing communities across the country.
Better Tomorrows remains committed to providing affordable housing residents with the resources to facilitate strong communities, healthy lifestyles, economic stability and educational success.
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