WASHINGTON (WDVM) – DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is launching a direct cash assistance program for new mothers and expectant mothers, offering a $1.5 million grant for a pilot program, Strong Families, Strong Futures DC.
The launch took place at Martha’s Table at 11:30 a.m. To see it live Click here.
This program will be intended to help maternal health and advance economic mobility, according to the town hall.
Martha’s Table, a local non-profit organization, will implement the program. The association will provide $900 per month for one year to 132 new or future mothers in Wards 5, 7 and 8.
“Having a newborn baby is a big life changer, and we also know how critical those early months and years are to a baby’s life. This program aims to support new moms and moms-to-be with money so they can have the autonomy and flexibility to make the best choices for them and their baby,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Strong Families, Strong Future DC Pilot Project builds on the work we have done to address disparities in maternal health outcomes, make high-quality child care more affordable and accessible, and ensure that women are at the heart of our just economic recovery strategy. ”
“Welcoming a new baby is cause for celebration. This direct financial assistance will allow families to focus on bonding with their young child without being bogged down by the financial stress that often accompanies the first year of life,” said Kim R. Ford, President and CEO of Martha’s Table. . “Martha’s Table is proud to partner with DMPED to invest in strong kids and strong families in DC.”
“Women and mothers have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and even before that,” Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said. “New mothers face great financial challenges and responsibilities. That is why we want to provide this economic aid that can help them overcome these obstacles.
the Strong Families, Strong Futures DC the program will launch in February 2022. For more information on program updates Click here.