those living in Evanston, Illinois, have just seven days left to sign up for a basic income program that earns $500 a month for a year.
The program will start shortly after the deadline on August 29. The 150 participants of the program are then chosen through a draw of applicants.
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“This guaranteed income program will do so much more than provide $500 a month to 150 residents: it will reshape, humanize and strengthen the social safety net; it will also reshape the relationship between people and their government,” Harish Patel, the director of the Economic Security for Illinois group, said in a press release. “In our work advocating for instant cash payments, we have found that the City of Evanston is eager to move toward progressive policy solutions that meet families’ material needs without overburdening them.”
Those applying must be between the ages of 18 and 24, over 62, or be “undocumented members of the community.” They must also be below or at 250% of the poverty line, which is $33,975 for single-person households and $45,775 for two-person households.
The pilot program will use $700,000 from the 2021 U.S. bailout plan, along with funds from Northwestern University and the City of Evanston. Last year, the university gave the program $300,000 in “seed funding.”
Participants will receive a prepaid debit card with $500. More money will be added to the cards every month. Other applicants not selected for the study may be compensated if they are approached by Northwestern and asked to complete a survey, the program said.
According to the city of Evanston, Northwestern University would study the effects of the pilot program on participants and review the findings.
Dave Davis, the executive director for neighborhood and community relations at Northwestern University, said, “Northwestern is committed to advancing innovative solutions to our city’s most pressing challenges, namely inequality and economic uncertainty. Treating Income Guaranteed Programs recipients with dignity in determining how best to spend the money.”
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This is part of several nationwide efforts to study the effectiveness of basic income programs, with many leveraging leftover funds from the government’s pandemic efforts. Annapolis, Maryland and Ithaca, New York, are among the many cities that have explored such programs.
Applications for the basic income program can be found via this link.
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