Westchester program incentivizes dads to stick around

A program in Westchester County is bringing families closer by providing incentives for fathers to ensure they are being responsible.

The program is called R.E.A.L. -- Responsible, Employed, Active, Loving.

The program is called R.E.A.L. -- Responsible, Employed, Active, Loving. (3/17/17)

YONKERS - A program in Westchester County is bringing families closer by providing incentives for fathers to ensure they are being responsible.

Mount Vernon father Marquise Ham admits that he neglected his responsibilities to his son. Instead of giving up, Ham signed up for a pilot program run by the county out of Yonkers.

The program is called R.E.A.L. -- Responsible, Employed, Active, Loving. It offers life skills and employment training. County Executive Rob Astorino is calling on the state to permanently fund it.

There are financial incentives for the dads involved to stay employed, with the state forgiving many debts. This frees up more time for the fathers to play an integral part in their children’s life.

Ham says the incentives help him stay on track to care for his loved ones.

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