Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser started a $24.8 million Job mobility action plan on Monday.
The innovative pilot program is designed to provide housing and income assistance, career advancement and family support to families emerging from homelessness.
“We know that with time and support, we can empower families to reach their goals and reach their highest potential,” Bowser said during her announcement. “Through the Career MAP program, we’re sending a simple message to families: we continue to believe in you and we stand behind you.”
Under the plan, families can receive up to $10,000 in cash assistance, so parents can advance their careers without worrying about what the mayor’s office called the “benefit cliff” when a person loses benefits due to higher income .
The plan is expected to help 300 district families thanks to federal funds made available to the district over a three-year period under the American Rescue Plan Act.
“For many district residents who are working hard to meet their career, economic and family goals, the sudden and often unexpected shift in public services can have an adverse impact on their budgets,” Laura Green ZeilingerDirector of DC Human Services Department, said. “Through the Career MAP program, the district will remove barriers to economic mobility and help families achieve their career goals.”
Following the announcement, Bowser severed the ribbon on the newly modernized company Taylor Street Service Centera DC Department of Human Services center 1207 Taylor Street, which received $5.2 million for renovations. The center will serve nearly 200 residents daily.
“Through Mayor Bowser’s leadership, this facility is the perfect example of multiple agencies coming together to reach the middle class.” Keith A Anderson, director of DC’s Department of General Services, in a prepared statement. General Services helped facilitate the 15-year lease with the landlord Sky Color Properties.
The renovations included a central monumental staircase to improve visitor flow throughout the center, upgraded training rooms, an upgraded conference center and meeting rooms, and a new children’s area in the customer queue and waiting area.
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