Project LIFT:
Lifting and Investing in Families Thriving

Project LIFT is an initiative of the Child Poverty Collaborative that launched in April 2019.

In a thriving community, opportunities exist for all people to grow, connect, and achieve a quality of life that enables them to succeed in all areas. Project LIFT is designed to remove the barriers that hold families back from thriving.

Currently piloting with a small number of organizations in Hamilton County, this unique public-private partnership puts in place efforts to improve the economic self-sufficiency for families in our region. Project LIFT strives to enable children living in poverty and their parents to access solutions that will enable them to escape from poverty.


Project LIFT operates under the following guiding principles:

  • Solutions will be driven by families and individuals (not agencies);

  • Project will operate on lean administrative costs;

  • The majority of funds will go directly (via a trusted process/partner) to individuals and won’t reduce existing United Way provider funding to agencies; and

  • Efforts will maximize Federal/State/Local JFS funding before accessing private funding.

The following outcomes and impacts will be measured in 6-month intervals and reported by race and gender:

  • % of families who increase their income by at least 20%;

  • % of families who have at least 2 significant barriers removed; and

  • % of families above 100%, 150%, and 200% of federal poverty level at program completion.

Further information about Project LIFT can be found in the following documents:

Participant Sign-Up Form

Project LIFT Summary for Agencies

Workforce Innovation Center Information

To submit your application for Project LIFT, or to ask any questions you may have about Project LIFT, please reach out to:
Lynne Riehle, Client Services Project Leader, Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services
phone: 513-946-2466