Denver to give 140 homeless people up to $12,000 in cash under ‘basic income’ program

Denver to give 140 homeless people up to $12,000 in cash under ‘basic income’ program
Denver to give 140 homeless people up to $12,000 in cash under ‘basic income’ program

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More than 140 homeless people in Denver will each receive up to $1,000 in cash a month for one year as part of a basic income program designed to help “lift individuals out of homelessness,” it said. the city last week.

The $2 million contract with the Denver Basic Income Project has been approved by the City Council and will provide direct cash assistance to more than 140 women, transgender and gender non-conforming people and families in shelters.

“Just as important as housing and shelter, it is a regular source of income for the homeless,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “This direct cash assistance will help more than 140 women and families currently in shelters move into stable housing and provide support, so they can stay housed while opening up space in our shelters to serve more people.”

The $2 million was allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act, according to the city, and the contract provides up to $1,000 per month for one year to eligible people currently using the shelter system.

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The Denver City Council has approved a $2 million contract with an organization that provides direct cash payments to eligible people who are homeless.
(Reuters/Rick Wilking)

The Denver Basic Income Project is an organization that provides direct cash payments to 820 homeless individuals and families.

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The program will be evaluated by the University of Denver Housing and Homelessness Research Center using a randomized controlled trial, which will measure housing outcomes, shelter use and other services for the homeless, improvements in psychological health and substance use for those who opt.

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