Plenty of cities have started UBI, or Universal Basic Income program across the nation. Now, Cook County residents will see one.
The city claims their newest UBI program is the biggest in the United States.
They’re the 24th city to join in on helping their financially struggling residents.
Applications will be available within the next year.
Eligibility, payments, and who can qualify is still not known.
The hope is that the program will remain permanent.
The program will target residents in the suburbs of Cook County because Chicago already has its own program.
Who might qualify for this UBI program?
While this is still unknown, it may take after the Chicago UBI program.
In Chicago they need to prove residency, age, and show their income and any hardship they suffered due to COVID-19.
In Chicago the income limit for a family of four to qualify is $55,575.
What they will be paid from the UBI is also still unknown.
In Chicago the payments are $500 and go out to 5,000 families who were chosen using a lottery system.