Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is extending the guaranteed payments that 100 city residents are getting under a pilot program.
And he is going to use city money to get it done.
The program was created back in 2021 when 110 individuals were provided to payments out of a pool of more than four thousand who applied for the 500 dollar a month payment, made with no questions asked.
The mayor says that the city will use federal pandemic relief monies to continue the program for six more months.
"I am excited to stand with community partners and City colleagues to announce this extension of the Providence Guaranteed Income pilot program," said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. "This six-month extension will allow us to even better understand the impacts and outcomes of guaranteed income, especially as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. For many individuals and families, this income is life-changing, helping some of our city’s lowest-income residents to get back on their feet."
The 500-thousand-dollar extension is intended to replace current safety net programs and will continue to be administered by Amos House and Dorcas International.
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