It is now almost certain that there will be no new fresh stimulus checks. Other bad news for parents hoping to get more money this year is that child tax deduction the program will hardly be extended by Congress. However, there is a coronavirus stimulation check for mothers that some may be eligible for. But this stimulus check is only for some New York City mothers.
Coronavirus Stimulus Check for Mothers: Who Qualifies?
This coronavirus stimulus check for mothers is actually part of New York City’s guaranteed income program, called The Bridge Project, to help mothers in low-income neighborhoods. With the Bridge Project, the authorities aim to solve the inequality problem by offering unconditional cash.
“Giving them consistent, unconditional and immediate cash is sometimes all it takes to lift them out of poverty,” the program’s website says.
The program was started with 100 families last year, and this year they are expanding it to 500 more mothers. Mothers eligible for the program will receive $ 1,000 for the first 18 months and $ 500 for the next 18 months.
Mothers will get stimulus money in the form of cash, and there is no limit to what mothers can spend the money on.
“The money we put into the hands of mothers can be spent on food and infant formula, rent or car repairs, education, childcare or diapers – we really don’t care (and neither should you!),” The program’s website says.
When we talk about eligibility, any mother who is currently pregnant and living in specific neighborhoods is eligible to receive the money under the program. In addition, the family household income must be at or below $ 52,000.
For more information about the program, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit Bridge Project website.
The bridge project: What is it?
The Bridge Project is NYC’s first guaranteed income program. It was launched in June 2021 by The Monarch Foundation, a private, non-profit, family fund. The primary goal of the program is to support low-income mothers in the city during the first 1,000 days of their children’s lives.
During its initial phase, the program provided $ 500 or $ 1,000 a month to 100 low-income mothers living in Inwood / Washington Heights and Harlem. During this phase, 50 mothers receive payments every other week totaling $ 500 per month for three years, while another 50 mothers receive $ 1,000 per month for three years. The next phase, which will include 500 mothers, will start in early 2022.
Project authorities enlist the help of local partners to reach those eligible families. The bridge project also works with the CGIR (Center for Guaranteed Income Research) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Research from the Bridge Project showed that as many as 60% of NYC babies and young children up to the age of three are within 200% of the poverty line.