The government will eventually provide $900 monthly financial support to new and pregnant moms in Washington, DC. In February, the program is slated to begin.
On Jan. 13, Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a new direct cash assistance program, “Strong Families, Strong Future DC,” for which the District will offer a $1.5 million grant.
Having a Baby Means More Expenses
The nonprofit Martha’s Table is executing a $1.5 million direct cash transfer trial initiative on behalf of the city. In launching the project, mayor Bowser remarked that having a newborn is a significant life change, and they understand the importance of those first months and years in a baby’s life.
This initiative aims to provide financial assistance to new and expecting mothers to make the best decisions for themselves and their children.
The Strong Families, Strong Future DC pilot expands on our work to address gaps in maternal health outcomes. It makes high-quality child care cheaper and accessible and ensures women are at the center of our equitable economic recovery,” says the organization, MSN wrote.
Check If You Are Eligible
According to Axios Washington DC, a new city-funded pilot program to help families raise children, over 100 new and expectant moms in D.C.’s poorest wards will get $900 per month in cash. The year-long program, which costs $1.5 million, is one of the few of its kind in the country, and it stands out because there are no restrictions on how women can use the funding to support their newborns.
Raising a child in Washington, D.C. According to recent research from LendingTree, infant daycare, rent, food, clothing, transportation, and insurance premiums can cost roughly $29,000 per year.
People in their second or third trimester of pregnancy or with a kid less than three months who earn up to 250 percent above the federal poverty level will be qualified for the program. Wards 5, 7, and 8 were chosen because they have the highest percentage of black people, the lowest average household income, and the least access to prenatal care in the city. If you are a pregnant woman who lives in Wards 5, 7, or 8, you should call Martha’s Table to check if you qualify.