Rise Up Cambridge Program Applications Launch, Revolutionizing Efforts to Reduce Poverty and Create Financial Security for Families
Today is the day – applications for Rise Up Cambridge program opened today at 7:30am. This transformative initiative aims to tackle poverty among families in the city by building financial security and providing direct cash assistance.
Starting this morning and through July 31st, applications for the Rise Up Cambridge program are open to all Cambridge households with at least one child aged 21 or younger, earning at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Under this pioneering program, eligible families will receive $500 per month for a duration of 18 months. This is the first city-wide cash assistance program of its kind in the country, setting an exemplary standard for addressing poverty at a local level.
Rise Up Cambridge is designed to complement existing public benefits. Eligibility for crucial programs such as SNAP, TANF, SSI, and income-restricted housing benefits will not be affected. By introducing a non-lottery program, Cambridge becomes the first city in the nation to provide direct cash assistance to all eligible families, ensuring equitable access to economic opportunities and reducing financial instability.
CEOC will play a crucial role in assisting residents with the application process, operating multiple sites across the city. Throughout the two-month application period, CEOC advocates will be stationed across the city at housing developments, neighborhood houses, libraries and more. To find a site near you, visit: https://www.cambridgema.gov/riseup
By providing direct cash assistance, Rise Up Cambridge empowers residents to make informed decisions about their financial needs and goals, positively impacting some of the city’s most vulnerable families. This program is poised to drive economic stability, improve access to education and opportunity, and enhance overall health outcomes in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the Rise Up Cambridge program and to access the application, please visit https://www.cambridgema.gov/riseup
Together, let us rise above poverty, bridge economic divides, and build a prosperous future for all families in Cambridge.