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Hadley Barndollar

24 March 2021

United States

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The Child Tax Credit included in the coronavirus relief package provides a guaranteed income for families with children. The merits of guaranteed income have been established in multiple countries as well as local pro...

NPR

Emma Peaslee

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton, California, resulted in improved mental health and even increased full-time employment rates. The extra cash gave recipients who were struggling with poverty the mental a...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

6 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments provided “the stability they needed to set goals, take risks, and find new jobs.” In addition to emp...

Bloomberg

Sarah Holder

5 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and intervi...

The Atlantic

Annie Lowrey

3 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A pilot project provided residents who made less than the median income in Stockton, California, with monthly cash payments. The extra money helped recipients secure employment, avoid housing instability, handle unexp...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

22 February 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Guaranteed income pilot programs have created a crucial safety net, especially for women of color who have experienced poverty disproportionately after the onset of the pandemic. The once-fringe idea has gained popula...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Kevin Riordan

15 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A long-running fund in Philadelphia has been able to help struggling small-business owners in the city since 1854. The Merchant Fund has been able to provide 67 businesses with $307,000 in grants since the onset of th...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Universal Basic Income programs around the country have demonstrated the effectiveness of distributing cash to people who are economically struggling. Philadelphia distributed $1.7 million through the Worker Relief Fu...

Civil Eats

Elizabeth Hewitt

4 February 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont approved coronavirus relief funding for immigrants who did not qualify for federal aid in the first round of the CARES Act. Migrant farm workers play a vital role in Vermont’s dairy industry and were hailed as...

Next City

Kristi Eaton

4 February 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is an immersion program that pays adults to learn the Cherokee language, which is quickly disappearing yet important for preserving Cherokee culture. The program require...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

4 February 2021

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Yurok Tribe is tackling climate change through the use of a carbon-offset program, sustainable forestry principles, watershed and river recovery methods, and even beaver restoration practices. Over the years, the ...

The American Leader

Anna Luo

28 January 2021

United States

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Cash payments are an effective way to address the economic hardships associated with the pandemic. Philanthropic efforts to distribute aid in the form of cash are relying on local organizations that have the community...

The Land

Dan Polletta

26 January 2021

Slavic Village, Ohio, United States

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The Slavic Village Development, a non-profit community development agency, is helping to connect residents who are facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic with financial assistance. The organization provides f...

The Washington Post

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Gabriella Demczuk

22 January 2021

Rock Hall, Maryland, United States

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester ab...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

15 January 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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A program in Oakland, California, is helping Black women-owned companies survive the economic downturn since the onset of the pandemic. Known as Runway, the financial innovation firm provides $1,000 a month without an...

The New York Times

Keith Bradsher

31 December 2020

China

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The Chinese government is providing money, livestock, and better homes to successfully help break the cycle of poverty. $700 billion in loans and grants have gone toward the rural poverty alleviation program in additi...

Wired

Tom Simonite

17 December 2020

Togo

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To quickly distribute money to poverty-stricken areas in Togo during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's government turned to mobile cash payments. Working with a non-profit and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective ...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

1 December 2020

Kenya

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The results of a universal basic income (UBI) program in Kenya show the positive ripple effect of giving everyone money on a consistent basis over the course of several years. Recipients have been able to lift themsel...

The New York Times

Ezra Marcus

23 November 2020

United States

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Students across the country are dealing with food and housing insecurity, and financial loss, conditions that have been exacerbated because since the pandemic. In response, students in some colleges and universities c...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Andrew Wear

9 November 2020

Iceland

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Icelandic parents each get three months leave, paid at 80% of their salary, to be used within 18 months of a child’s birth. Parents also get an additional three months leave that they can split up as they choose. The ...

Planet Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

Ensia

Michael Standaert

5 November 2020

Shebu, Guangdong, China

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In order to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, and to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks, China introduced temporary regulations banning commercial breeding of wildlife for meat consumption. These have hit...

The New York Times

Abby Goodnough

27 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A substance abuse program known as contingency management offers incentives to those who to stay in treatment and remain abstinent from the use of drugs. Although not all agree with the merits of the program and quest...

Gimlet Media

Sarah Gonzalez

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Alex Blumberg

22 October 2020

Illinois, United States

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Refrigerants being used in old air conditioners or grocery story cooling systems leak into the atmosphere contributing to global warming. Tradewater, a company in Illinois, picks up these containers, destroys the refr...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

20 October 2020

United States

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Countries spanning several continents have experimented with basic income in often successful attempts to curb poverty, transition into the era of automation, reduce crime, and boost health and happiness outcomes. The...

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