A UNIVERSAL basic income pilot project will be extended until September.
Officials in Ulster County, New York, said they are extending a UBI program that sent $500 in monthly payments to 100 households from April 2021 to April 2022.
After the payments ended in the spring, Ulster lawmakers reportedly found through anecdotes that the monthly payments had made a real difference for many beneficiaries.
“What we’re hearing is they’re really using the income to pay for necessities,” Deputy District Manager Johanna Contreras told the Daily Freeman.
“We had someone tell us that the income changed his life and that he’s a completely different person,” she said.
Against this background, the district has agreed to extend the program until the end of September.
Payments will go to the same 100 households that participated in the first year of the pilot.
These families were originally selected from thousands of applicants in the county by the University of Pennsylvania, a sponsor of the pilot project.
However, households will not receive another $500, and payment amounts will decrease each month until the program expires.
Participants should expect $400 in July, $350 in August, and a final payment of $300 in September.
Other UBI programs across the country
Ulster Country isn’t the only place in the country working on a UBI plan.
In fact, various cities and states across the country are offering basic income payments to select residents.
That includes Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is set to send $500 every month for two years.
To qualify, you must have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic, with annual income at 50% of the region’s median.
Ithaca, New York’s Guaranteed Income Program is set to provide $450 worth of payments to 110 residents for a total of 12 months.
These go to carers with an annual income of 80% of the region’s median.
In addition, around 15,000 students in California are to receive $5,000 over five months as a bill passes the Senate.
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And for more convenience in New York, up to $1,050 worth of direct payments were sent this month.
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