The Michaels Organization is a privately-held family of 8 integrated but independent companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-financed, military, and student housing. The organization creates high-quality and well-managed housing that stands the test of time and that enhances the lives of their residents and enriches communities. An industry leader for more than 40 years, The Michaels Organization embraces innovation, trust, financial stewardship, long-term responsible ownership, and the entrepreneurial spirit, while cultivating a corporate culture, that above all, is focused on people.
As the founding sponsor of Better Tomorrows, The Michaels Organizations' dedication to the Better Tomorrows' mission is inspiring. Together Better Tomorrows and The Michaels Organization are proud to partner to change the lives of affordable housing residents across the country.
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free soccer-based after school program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. The program in Coatesville is run by the JT Dorsey
Foundation and hosted by the housing community served by Better Tomorrows.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $59 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
To learn more about Soccer for Success please visit here.
Better Tomorrows partners with affordable housing management companies to provide impactful, place-based programming and case management. Using evidence-based practices to achieve meaningful outcomes, our goal is to foster economic stability, educational success, healthy lifestyles and strong communities for affordable housing residents and their neighboring community members.
When we partner with a property management company, we work to create nurturing environments to uplift all residents, including youth, adults, families, seniors, and individuals with special needs. Studies have found that properties that maintain social service support have happier, more financially stable residents who are more likely to feel personally invested in their housing communities. This investment makes for safer properties with fewer instances of crime, and physical damage to facilities.
Better Tomorrows offers a diverse range of social services and community programming. Our staff works directly on-site to actively engage and encourage residents and the local community. Using annual community assessments, standardized surveys, and a personalized understanding of the community’s needs, we identify strengths and weaknesses within each specific community we serve. We then design programming across our core program areas – educational success, healthy living, economic stability or community strengthening – to address the specific needs within each community. For more individualized case management,
Better Tomorrows maintains three standard practices: social service intake, assessment, and ongoing support. These practices allow Better Tomorrows case management services to go beyond reactionary management and proactively work with residents to achieve definable mutually agreed upon objectives. When first moving into our housing communities, we have residents partake in “Renter Education,” an orientation that helps acclimate them to the property, basic standards for a healthy home, and relevant information on available programs and services both on the property and in the surrounding areas. It is during this initial meeting that staff in collaboration with residents identify not only the current – often more basic – needs of the individual or family, but also set attainable goals for the future. Goals may include pursuing higher education, obtaining livable-wage employment, or maintaining a healthy home. Depending on their goals, relevant information on local resources including transportation, childcare, and low or no-cost food.
Better Tomorrows staff are located in community rooms within affordable housing developments allowing for direct access to the populations we serve. This proximity means that our staff members are better able to provide convenient, cost effective, and outcome-driven programming. During resident initial intake and annual re-certification, Better Tomorrows staff helps property management by offering an in-house referral system that can quickly address concerns that may arise. Moreover, our staff works collaboratively with management to ensure that residents maintain stable, functional households on the properties. In turn, residents take comfort in this consistent support and build trusting relationships with our staff. This comprehensive approach to on-site partnership affords active, constructive communication between residents and property management, which ultimately leads to more successful, stronger affordable housing communities.
For information about partnering with Better Tomorrows please contact Kelleigh.Parker@bettertomorrows.org
Michaels Development Company is among the leading private sector affordable housing owners and developers in the nation. From small scale properties to massive neighborhood transformations, Michaels Development has created high-quality, environmentally conscious and financially successful communities that offer affordable housing opportunities to more than 100,000 residents across the country.
Learn more about Michaels Development Company here.
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