New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments

A new pilot program delivering $900 dollars in guaranteed monthly payments has been approved. This aid is aimed at new and pregnant mothe...

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  • A new pilot program delivering $900 dollars in guaranteed monthly payments has been approved.
  • This aid is aimed at new and pregnant mothers.
  • $1.5 million dollars will be allocated to the new pilot program.

GOOD NEWS! In the middle of the pandemic, authorities have approved a new pilot program through which they will give new and pregnant mothers $900 in guaranteed monthly payments to allow them to enjoy time with their baby while leaving financial worries behind.

In January 2022, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC, announced a new pilot program called Strong Families, Strong Future DC for which they will allocate $1.5 million with the aim of supporting mothers most in need.

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments
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The program will be implemented by the non-profit organization Martha’s Table and will officially begin as soon as in February 2022. The idea is to help improve maternal and child health conditions in the most disproportionately affected areas of the city.

“To welcome a newborn is a cause for celebration,” said Kim Ford, president and CEO of Martha’s Table. “This direct cash assistance will mean families can focus on bonding with their young children without being bogged down by the financial stress that often accompanies the first year of life.”

How can I opt out of payments?

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments
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The non-profit organization will select 132 new mothers and pregnant women who are residents of wards 5, 7 and 8 of Washington DC. Each of these women will receive a $900 check every month for a year. Remember that this is a pilot program, which means that as it progresses it could grow.

In fact, Martha’s Table intends to monitor the beneficiary mothers to determine how the cash that is being given to them affects the participants. They will not only assess the potential financial benefits, but also the physical, mental and even health benefits for their children. The ultimate goal is for mother and child to be perfectly healthy.

What are the eligibility requirements?

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments
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First of all, place of residence. Authorities have limited the aid to districts 5, 7 or 8 of Washington DC, since the numbers reveal that these jurisdictions have the highest proportion of African-American residents with the lowest average family income in the city and also the lowest access to prenatal care.

The second point is family income. This program is intended to serve women who earn below 250% of the federal poverty lines, which depends on the number of family members. For an individual that is $12,760 dollars.

What are the other eligibility requirements?

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments
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There is a third requirement to take into account and it has to do with the pregnancy or the baby’s age. To qualify, the mother must be in the second or third trimester of her pregnancy and in the event that the baby has already been born, he or she must be less than three months old.

If any mother or pregnant woman lives in ward 5, 7 or 8 of Washington DC and thinks she is eligible, she can contact Martha’s Table to confirm if indeed she can qualify for the benefit. “We believe that all Washingtonians deserve the opportunity to prosper,” the organization says.

Do you live in any of these neighborhoods?

New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments
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If you live in any of these neighborhoods in ward 5 and are pregnant, you may qualify: Arboretum, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Brookland, Carver Langston, Eckington, Edgewood, Fort Lincoln, Fort Totten, Gateway, Ivy City, Langdon, Michigan Park, North Michigan Park, Pleasant Hill, Queens Chapel, Riggs Park (Part of the neighborhood is also in Ward 4), Stronghold, Trinidad, Truxton Circle, Woodridge.

Ward 7 Neighborhoods: Benning, Benning Heights, Benning Ridge, Burrville, Capitol View, Central Northeast, Civic Betterment, Deanwood, Dupont Park, East Corner, East River Heights, Eastland Gardens, Fairfax Village, Fort Davis, Fort Dupont, Fort Stanton, Good Hope, Greenway, Hillbrook, Hillcrest, Kenilworth, Lincoln Heights, Marshall Heights, Mayfair, Naylor Gardens, Northeast Boundary, Penn Branch, Randle Highlands, River Terrace, and Twining.

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The program also applies to residents of the ward 8 neighborhoods: Anacostia, Barry Farm, Bellevue, Buena Vista, Congress Heights, Douglass, Fairlawn, Garfield Heights, Knox Hill, Park Naylor, Shipley Terrace, Skyland, Washington Highlands, and Woodland

Remember that Strong Families, Strong Future DC is not the only program providing help to families. For example, through the Child Tax Credit, parents can receive up to $3,600 for children under the age of 6 or up to $3,000 for a child between the ages of 6 and 17.

Tax Credit Checks

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Half of the money, that is, up to $1,800 dollars, of the Child Tax Credit was already paid to most eligible families last year, but if you have not received the help, there is still time to request it to receive it in full in the next weeks.

To get your check, you must file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service as of January 24. CHECK HERE FOR EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. New program will give mothers $900 in monthly payments.

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