The $1,000 a month help for mothers in New York that has changed their lives

New moms could get $1,000 a month help in New York.

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New moms in New York receive $500 or $1,000 in aid from a $16 million grant from the Bridge Project program.

With flyers distributed in the Washington Heights, Harlem and Inwood neighborhoods, new mothers, several of them Latinas, were surprised by the help that does not require any counterpart action.

“I thought it was a scam,” said Angelina Matos, who recently had a baby girl, according to a report in The New York Times.

The flyers are very clear and encouraging: “New moms can get $500 or $1,000 a month. Without conditions!”. The report indicates that it is not a scam.

Last July, 100 new mothers started receiving free money from a program that seeks to measure the effect on low-income families.

“Much of the money goes to basic baby supplies,” he says.

However, there are mothers who allocate the funds for special equipment, such as the case of a woman who bought a chair for her son who shows signs of cerebral palsy.

New mothers from the Bronx have also benefited and the administrators intend to expand it, but they trust that there will be an agreement with Mayor Eric Adams.

“The nonprofit that runs the Bridge Project, the Monarch Foundation, said it looked forward to partnering with New York’s new mayor, Eric Adams, but has not yet approached him, ”says the report.

The program seeks to give families freedom of how to spend the money, because they consider that it is a better way of attacking poverty than imposing rules or limitations on them.

“You’re talking about giving someone money and letting them spend it in the area of ​​greatest need in life: keeping the heat on, contacting family in Venezuela, taking an Uber to the hospital, getting an unlimited MetroCard,” Megha Agarwal said. , executive director of the foundation.

The program takes up the theory that investing in a child’s early years is critical to their development and offers long-term benefits to their academic success.

The families benefiting from the program have incomes of $14,000 per month, which is well below the national poverty line. 50 percent are African American and 50 percent Latino.

It highlights that 20 percent of mothers are undocumented.

The group is not currently accepting requests for help, but leaves the door open for future applications.