RW Jonesalso known as “The Wellness Escape Artist,” teaches low-income families how to protect and increase their income, while receiving various social service benefits (eg, subsidized housing, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.). Jones recently secured over $1.25 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants in 2017 to help families break down barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.
Former chair of a public housing authority board, housing authority staff member and mother of well-being herself, RW Jones is the go-to subject matter expert on all things relates to resident services, program development, leadership, policy and self-reliance. Sufficiency.
With a journey as remarkable as her mission, Jones creates lasting solutions to the crisis of poverty that empower and empower single mothers and families to BE the change.
Tapping into the billionaire mindset
As a single mother with four children on welfare, struggling to become financially independent, Jones has first-hand knowledge of the maneuvers of social services, child support, the courts and the drama of baby daddy, but it was not easy. Like many social housing residents today, she was penalized for wanting to break free from the ruthless welfare system that relentlessly pushed her 10 steps back through the policies, rules and demands of the program.
“On the verge of a nervous breakdown, hurting my 4 children and committing suicide, I fell to my knees and prayed ONE prayer! I asked God to pull me out of this hellish hole in my ‘sound mind’ and I promised that I would come back and help others like me! Today I stand FREE on the other side and in keeping with my promise, I want to help you get there too. I want to help you take advantage of your benefits, increase your household “income” and, most importantly, structure your vision.
The billionaire is you! –RW Jones
The sad reality is that low-income mothers who receive government assistance are penalized for working. As soon as a mother enters or returns to the workforce, the benefits she depends on to support her family (i.e. live in. This situation leaves these mothers stuck in the bottom, incentivized to stay home and do nothing do while receiving more money than if they had a job.
The Brillionaires mindset is an unwavering, unstoppable and enduring belief and understanding that, despite what it looks like, you are not your situation.
Research shows that child support was correlated with welfare dependency. They could predict how long a mother would stay on welfare based on the amount of child support she received, and so it’s virtually impossible to get a million mothers off welfare without providing for the fathers. . Fathers (especially low-income fathers) need as much support as women.
From consulting services, published books and podcasts to workshops designed to guide agencies and residents, the collection of Brillionaire resources available offers solutions that are tangible, sensible and sustainable.
In search of happiness, freedom and justice for all
Jones’ mission expands with every resource possible and available to achieve realistic change for every family. She is President and Founder of Can I Live, Inc. – a national association of 501(c)(3) public housing tenants dedicated to reducing reliance on government subsidies for HUD-assisted families.
“Our mission is to advance affordable housing, economic inclusion, and personal responsibility through advocacy, community and civic engagement, and education. We believe that all Americans are created equal and possess inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and justice under the law. Yet the rights granted to people living in poverty or below are structured to keep them in poverty, while the rights granted to the wealthiest Americans and corporations contribute to the creation of wealth and increased prosperity. –RW Jones
Can I Live believes that all Americans are created equal and possess the inalienable rights to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and justice under the law. Unfortunately, many of the benefit programs available to millions of families living in poverty or below are structured to keep them trapped in a cycle of dependency.
The ultimate mission is to provide a proven, repeatable plan to break free from government dependence to begin building a sustainable lifestyle of freedom and independence.
If not stopped, this vicious cycle of poverty will continue for generations to come. Poverty-induced criminal activity will increase, mental health-related depression will increase, toxic and strained relationships will remain stagnant i.e. teenage pregnancies, single parent families, fatherless homes, juvenile delinquency, mass incarceration, etc.
National Treasure Hunt
The WEALTHFAIR Tour is a “national scavenger hunt” to locate the $18.9 billion in federal opportunities for low-income people through HUD’s Section 3 program. During these three years Visit WEALTHFAIR, they will visit the poorest social housing communities in 300 of America’s most prosperous cities. Ultimately, the tour focuses on reviving Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) programs, establishing and re-establishing new Residents’ Councils, and advocating for policy change.
“If we can put a man on the moon, we can certainly eradicate poverty!” –RW Jones
Powered by RADAR, the tour engine aims to strengthen and equip Residents’ Councils with the skills to represent the interests of their respective communities. The RADAR program encompasses understanding HUD regulations and how they apply to help community leaders access grants, raise funds, conduct effective meetings, resolve conflicts, and negotiate participation in their upcoming redevelopment deals. Given that current federal housing is being privatized and low-income residents are being displaced in large numbers, this initiative is more than timely.
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Get Your Hands Off My Butt: The Practical Guide to Avoiding the Welfare System is a very powerful book that gives young mothers the fuel they need to stay the course. This book is designed to reach all women exactly where they are and guide them to where they want to be in life – personally and professionally.
From teenage girls to 40+, this book should inspire women to rise above their circumstances, stereotypes and stigma and invest in their number one asset themselves! This valuable book was written to provide both prevention and intervention strategies for youth and young adults struggling with poverty and its effects.
Get Your Hands Out My Pocket: An Informative and Relevant Book for Avoiding the Child Support System is a book relevant to helping men become better fathers, parenting partners, and protecting them from the pitfalls of a brutal and unforgiving child support system. It encourages and teaches young men how to avoid becoming fathers prematurely and prepares them to be higher earners and support their families.
The book also offers ideas for elevating to the next level of fatherhood, while navigating through the challenges that come with child support.
The best of all, the proceeds are used to cancel child support debt for working fathers.
Calendar of conferences
Phada Conference: https://www.phada.org/Conferences-Education/Event-info/sessionaltcd/220519SARANTONIOTX-C May 19-21
Presentation at the Texas NAHRO conference: https://txnahro.org/upcoming-events/2022annualconference/
Ultimate Come-up Conference in partnership with Abilene Housing Authority
Website and social media
The Brillionaire: https://thebrillionaire.com/
I can live: https://canilive.org/
The WEALTHFair tour: https://thewealthfairtour.com/
Press release issued by ABNewswire.com
To view the original version on ABNewswire, visit: From desperation to leading the nation, RW Jones launches WEALTHFAIR tour and Can I Live organization to guide single mothers and families to break cycles of poverty and welfare dependency