The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association Launch New Initiative to Examine U.S. Social Services Sector

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America’s social services sector—essential to vibrant communities where people live safely, have access to jobs and healthcare, and benefit from high-performing schools—is experiencing serious financial stress that is compromising its ability to adequately help people reach their full potential. This has prompted the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance) and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) to announce today a national initiative that seeks to uncover opportunities to help ensure the sector’s financial health and success.

The initiative, titled, A National Imperative: Building a Stronger Social Sector, is a collaborative effort by the Alliance, APHSA, Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm and SeaChange Capital Partners, a nonprofit merchant bank. The Kresge Foundation and Ballmer Group Philanthropy are providing financial support.

The sector’s unique knowledge, perspective, and commitment to our nation’s health and welfare has made it indispensable to millions of individuals of all ages. Through a wide variety of services and programs, the sector protects children, helps older adults maintain a higher quality of life, assists schools and other various institutions with needed support such as behavioral health services, prevents drug and alcohol addiction, and helps to establish vibrant communities through vital neighborhood services such as affordable housing and access to healthy food.

Yet the sector is facing significant financial stress that is thwarting not only its ability to build the capacity of communities, but also maintain its critical infrastructure and its ability to innovate. At a time when our nation is seeking to bend cost curves and…

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