YesSince the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in American the government under both Republicans and Democrats provided residents with a number of incentive payments to help them stimulate the economy during a forced recession.
This has brought renewed attention to the concept of a universal basic income (UBI). UBIC refers to a recurring payment plan that individuals receive from the government for a fixed period of time.
The amount can be broken down into weekly or monthly payments, or can be made in a lump sum depending on the situation.
The concept was also championed by the 2020 presidential candidate. Andrew Youngand the New Yorker ultimately withdrew from the race.
However, several states continue to experiment with the scheme, with pilot programs in some of America’s leading cities. The following major cities offer some types of payments to their residents:
In the city of Atlanta, 650 black women currently receive $850 monthly through the Georgia Sustainability and Opportunity Fund.
The Resilient Communities pilot program in Chicago helps a total of 5,000 low-income people by giving them $500 a month for one year.
A total of 110 people will be selected to participate in the pilot program in Texas, which will receive $375 per month for one year.
4. Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles introduced a program called “The Great Leap Forward” that will give 3,200 families a total of $1,000 over the course of one year.
5. New York
Through the Bridge Project, 100 low-income mothers are currently receiving $1,000 per month for three years. Five hundred additional low-income and pregnant mothers will be added in the second phase.
Monthly payments of $500 will be made monthly to 60 people for one year through the city’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program.
7. Washington DC
Announced in January 2022, DC’s Strong Families, Strong Future program will give new and expectant mothers $900 per month for one year.