New and pregnant mothers living in some of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods will receive $900 in monthly cash assistance, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Thursday.
The $1.5 million pilot program called Strong Families, Strong Futures DC targets those living in Wards 5, 7, and 8. It is being funded by the city and administered by the community organization Martha’s Table. The mayor said 132 people will receive the payments for the pilot’s year-long duration.
“It is expensive to raise a child,” Bowser told reporters outside the Southeast headquarters of Martha’s Table. “The cost of a newborn can grow to about $30,000 a year. To most people that’s a big chunk of money.”
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