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Time Magazine

Abby Vesoulis

Abigail Abrams

16 September 2021

Compton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income program is giving people the financial security to invest in themselves, avoid predatory loans, pay off debt, and improve their general quality of life. The lack of conditions on how the monthly ca...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

7 May 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A lump sum of $7,500 was handed out to people experience homelessness in Vancouver as an experiment. The results show that recipients benefitted by accessing stable housing faster and eventually achieving financial st...

The Washington Post

Eli Rosenberg

22 April 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Guaranteed income is gaining popularity across the world. In Stockton, California, monthly cash payments boosted mental and physical health and increased full-time employment levels. The idea has spread to dozens of o...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

2 April 2021

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Chelsea, Massachusetts, is supplementing its traditional welfare system with a guaranteed income. Cash payments will be provided to recipients who can spend them without any restrictions. Similar universal basic incom...

FreshWater Cleveland

Rich Weiss

Janine Vanderhoff

30 March 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The New Leaf project ran a controlled trial to test the power of direct cash transfers with people experiencing homelessness. Fifty people were given a one-time cash payment of $7,500, which roughly equaled the sum of...

Telegram & Gazette

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...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

23 March 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Beneficiaries of a guaranteed income program in Mississippi have benefitted from monthly cash payments that they are free to spend however they need to. Known as Magnolia Mothers, the program has allowed mothers to pa...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

19 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Cash payments have proven to be effective in decreasing child poverty rates. Eastern Cherokee families in North Carolina receive bi-annual casino profits which have led to multiple positive outcomes that were not shar...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

13 March 2021

Santa Clara County, California, United States

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A pilot program in Santa Clara County, California, is providing a guaranteed monthly income to young adults who age out of the foster care system. In addition to $1,000 the recipients will also have access to financia...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Rent relief payments in California are helping public housing residents pursue full-time employment. The Jobs-Plus initiative provides payments that are conditional on enrolling in job training and placement programs....

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 CityLab

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 among recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and interview...

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...

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...

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...

Bloomberg 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...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

4 January 2021

United States

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Universal Basic Income is gaining popularity across the United States, where 11 cities in 2021 are either extending or piloting new programs that provide cash payments without any conditions on how to spend the money....

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...

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...

Wall Street Journal

Crystal Tai

9 October 2020

Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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13 million South Koreans were given money to spend in their local markets in order to stimulate the economy after the economic slowdown. The money is distributed through a debit card and significantly boosted sales fo...

CBC

Bridgette Watson

7 October 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A pilot project in Canada is challenging stereotypes by giving cash to people experiencing homelessness. The results of The New Leaf project showed that the money was managed well by recipients and led to fewer days o...

The Appeal

Lauren Gill

14 September 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Families experiencing poverty have been given $1,000 each month in an effort to address the racial wealth gap through the Magnolia Mother's Trust program. The cash payments yield an increase of recipients who were abl...

Rest of World

Márvio dos Anjos

Meaghan Tobin

23 July 2020

Marica, Brazil

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Mumbuca is a digital currency used in Maricà’s basic income program. Residents, with few eligibility requirements, can qualify for a monthly stipend to purchase goods and services using a smart phone or a card. The cu...

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