In September this year, 39 Public Centres for Social Welfare (PCSWs) will participate in the new edition of MIRIAM, a project that aims to “break the social isolation and precariousness of single mothers”, Minister for Social Integration Karine Lalieux announced on Tuesday.
MIRIAM is designed to assist single mothers affected by poverty by providing collective counselling that takes place once every two weeks.
Back in 2015, the project was initiated by PPS Social Integration. Compared to the first three editions receiving a budget of €435,000, it will now be scaled up to €4,5 million each year until 2024.
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In combination with more PCSWs participating (6 PSCWs were involved in last year’s edition, helping some 90 women), a total of 1,100 single mothers are helped.
The new edition will also be accessible to women receiving supplementary aid or debt mediation and those receiving RIS. The condition that women can only apply if they have children under the age of six has also been removed.