By partnership with Northwestern UniversityAnd the The city of Evanston, Illinois has launched a universal basic income program called the Guaranteed Income Pilot Programwhich will save 150 families $500 per month for one year.
The program aims to study the effects of guaranteed income and will provide researchers at Northwestern University with a first-hand account of the beneficiaries’ experiences after receiving this motivational examination.
“Evanston is proud to join the growing secured income movement,” Mayur Daniel Pace He said in a press release.
“These programs provide assistance without restrictions, giving beneficiaries the ability to spend money in a way that suits them and their families.”
“Thank you to Northwestern University, the Evanston Community Foundation, and former board member Cicely Fleming for moving forward with the plan to use ARPA funding for this beta.”
Who qualifies for the Guaranteed Income Pilot Program?
The program is open to all Evanston residents, whose household income is less than or less than 250 percent of the federal poverty line. Eligible residents must also fall into one of the following groups:
- Adults from 18 to 24 years old
- Adults 62 years and over
- Unregistered community members
How to apply for the Guaranteed Income Pilot Program?
The application period is open between August 15 and August 29. Those interested should visit cityofevanston.org/gi to learn more about the program and to apply.
After the application deadline, 150 applicants will be selected via the lottery system to participate in the programme.
“This guaranteed income program will do much more than offer a $500 per month offer to 150 residents: it will reimagine, humanize and strengthen the social safety net; it will also reshape the relationship between people and their government,” he added. Harish I. Pateldirector of economic security for Illinois.
“In our work to advocate for direct cash payments, we have found the City of Evanston eager to move toward progressive policy solutions that meet the material needs of families without overburdening them.
“We hope their announcement today will inspire more cities across Illinois to adopt similar programs.”