LEGISLATION TO HELP RELATIVE CAREGIVERS RAISE DC CHILDREN
On July 16, 2019, Mayor Bowser signed into law the
Close Relative Caregiver Subsidy Pilot Program Establishment Emergency Amendment Act of 2019
(Bill 23-0358), which had been unanimously approved by the DC City Council.
This Act will expand the Grandparent Caregiver Program Subsidy to aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces, and nephews who are caring for DC children
. For more than 10 years, the subsidy was limited to grandparents, great aunts and great uncles. Expanding this subsidy to other relatives will make a real difference in the lives of kinship families -- making it possible for
relative caregivers to have food and housing stability while caring for DC at-risk children.
Significantly, DC's FY 2020 budget provides $500,000 to fund expansion of the subsidy to these additional relative caregivers!
Implementation is expected on or about October 1, 2019.
We want to thank our relative caregiver clients who testified and submitted written statements to the DC City Council in support of this expansion
We could not have done this without you!