The Bridge Project in NYC will give up to $1,000 a month for first time moms.
The project is studying the impact of universal basic income on low-income families.
Are extension requests allowed?
The program launched in July 2021 with 100 participants. On April 1, they announced that another 500 expecting moms would be getting payments as well. The deadline to apply was April 13, and the program does not allow extension requests. Find additional information here.
The Bridge Project received more than 2,500 applications for the second part of the intake process. Selected participants must meet certain economic requirements and are considered low-income by the state.
What is the purpose of the Bridge Project Study?
The project organizers describe the payments to mothers as “an investment in a woman, a child, and a community.”
There have been multiple studies that have found direct cash support is often the most effective way to help people out of poverty. Monthly cash payments allow the recipients to spend it in a way that suits their needs best.
Buying food, school supplies, fixing your car, paying debts, or paying for travel to a job interview, are just a few things that the money could be used for.
Recipients will get a payment of either $500 or $1,000 every month for the first three years of their child’s life.
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