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In 2018 MCF embarked on a project to learn more about the lives of low-income Moms in Marin who were on a path to self-sufficiency - but weren’t there yet. The Moms helped us better understand their lives, the challenges they face and their ambitions for the future. They also provided us with input as to how their lives could be improved, through finances, employment, education, self-care, child care and more.

The Pilot

The results of this research led to the development of MOMentum - a countywide pilot that poses the question: “What happens when Moms are given a little more?” It is providing 125 low-income Marin Moms of color with $1,000 per month over a two-year period. There will be no requirements as to how the Moms spend this money, but the hope is that at the end of the pilot they feel that their lives are improved and that they are on the road to financial independence and emotional well-being.

For more information about the pilot, please visit

To read and hear stories from the Moms themselves, please visit

MOMentum - Interviews with Moms (English)

Six months into the pilot, we asked Moms about their experience

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MOMentum - Interviews with Moms (Spanish)

Seis meses después del piloto, les preguntamos a las mamás sobre su experiencia

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For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Clifton Zarate Barbara
Barbara Clifton Zarate

Director for Economic Opportunity

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