The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Resident Advisory Board, in partnership with Can I Live, Inc., is bringing the national One Million Moms OFF Welfare (1MMOW) statewide conference to Fort Myers in April.
Fort Myers will be one of five national stops for this two-day conference that is designed as an intense training to bridge the gaps that impede economic uplift for low-income families. The Fort Myers event will take place April 21 and 22 at the Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Event Center, located at 2990 Edison Ave.
According to RW-Jones, president and CEO of Can I Live, the conference is ideal for housing authority and social service staffs charged with meeting program goals, resident leaders wanting to improve the quality of life for their residents and head of household members who desire real economic independence but struggle with implementation.
The 1MMOW exists to coordinate resources across public and private agencies to enable assisted families to achieve real economic independence. The initiative aims to increase earnings for moms, increase two-parent households, reduce dependency on social welfare and increase the tax budgets for local, state and federal governments.
The initiative kicked off in Washington D.C. in August 2015. The goal of moving one million mothers off welfare by 2025 started with one of 10 exit strategies to reduce dependency through education and empowerment. The 1MMOW conferences educate women about the pitfalls that maintain the cycle of dependency. Branded as the 3M Syndrome, the 1MMOW initiative has identified three key areas that disproportionately affect moms on welfare: Their Mindset, Their Men and Their Money.
Additional conferences are planned for the D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV), North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois areas. The 1MMOW expects to draw more than 1,000 moms from across the U.S.
There are more than two million people in the State of Florida who participate in some kind of federal subsidized program from TANF, SNAP, Child Care, Rental Assistance, WIC , etc.
Discounted early registration for the conference is available until Feb. 29. A one-time registration fee grants access for up to 20 people from each agency to attend.
The Fee to attend is $495 per person or $4,995 per agency (early registration), or $549 per person or $5,495 per agency after Feb. 29.
Can I Live is a resident driven, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to challenge the U.S. welfare system by revealing the problems in policy implementation that, for America’s moms, too often promote dependence rather than independence.
For more information, call 239-344-3220 or visit www.hacfm.org.