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Compass has spent a decade developing and refining our approach to asset-development programs for low-income families.

We got our start in offering matched savings accounts, often referred to as individual development accounts (IDAs) – the cornerstone of the asset-building field when Compass was founded. As we developed our expertise, we began to seek out a larger market for our programs and services. In 2010 we identified the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, offered to residents of federally-subsidized housing in communities across the country, as a broad, scalable market to which we could apply our core competencies.

FSS Programs

In 2010, Compass became the first nonprofit organization in the country to launch an asset-building, public-private partnership model for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, a historically underutilized federal housing program overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Contract Programs

Compass partners with local organizations to integrate financial coaching and savings opportunities into other housing, educational, and workforce development programs that supportlow-income families to build a pathway out of poverty.

We currently offer aspects of our core financial coaching and savings model through partnerships with Boston Housing Authority as part of a Mass LEAP Grant, and the One Family Scholars Program.