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New York City begins handing out debit cards to migrant families

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New York City has initiated a pilot program distributing prepaid debit cards to migrant families, aiming to ease the financial strain of food expenses. This approach not only aims to reduce the cost burden on the city but also to inject funds into the local economy.


A family of four, including two children under five, is set to receive approximately $350 weekly until the end of their stay, city officials announced.

The program, designed to benefit about 115 families in its initial week, is part of a broader effort to support migrant families adjusting to life in the city. The initiative reflects the city’s commitment to aiding those in need while fostering community support and economic activity.

Recipients of the debit cards are required to sign an affidavit, pledging to use the funds exclusively for food and baby supplies.



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