BALTIMORE — If you’re a young parent living in the city of Baltimore and struggling to afford necessities, help may be on your way through a new Guaranteed Income program.
Applications officially open on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. And those who are chosen will receive a payment of $1,000 per month over 24 months.
Through the City of Baltimore’s new guaranteed income pilot program called The Baltimore Young Families Success Fund.
Through this program, 200 young families will have the opportunity to be paid $1,000 per month to use as they see fit to help themselves and their children succeed.
The new program aims to help needy families overcome poverty. Organizers hope that with the extra income, families will be able to spend more time together and parents can focus on raising their children to be the best they can.
“It’s fundamentally about putting our families in a position to succeed. We’re putting money directly into the hands of our residents because they know better than anyone what their families need to move up the ladder, which doesn’t hasn’t been denied for too long,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.
However, it is important to note that if you are selected, it may interfere with other benefits.
“It’s important for people to understand that if they’re getting public benefits like food stamps, like temporary cash assistance, to understand what the impact is and that getting extra income usually has an impact on these programs, so the Cash Campaign will provide or offer benefits counseling to everyone who participates in this program to help them truly understand their unique situation,” said Robin McKinney, Co-Founder and CEO of Cash Campaign of Maryland.
However, if you decide to be part of this program, how you use the money is up to you, but the organizers will collect data to see how successful households have benefited from this program.
“There will actually be a group that will be part of the pilot, where they will participate in surveys and they can provide information, if they wish, they are not obliged at all, but they could provide information on the how they’re going to spend the money in this pilot project. We also have a group that’s going to be focusing on narrative change, so they’ll be sharing their stories of how guaranteed income has changed their lives,” Faith said. Leach, Deputy Mayor of Equity, City of Baltimore.
“Baltimore’s predominantly black and Latino working-class communities — already suffering from decades of institutional disinvestment — have been among the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and its economic fallout,” said Danielle Torain, director of the Open Society. Institute-Baltimore (OSI). “Guaranteed income is a powerful, people-centered way to address both historic divestment and the more recent impact of COVID. We hope that by working with communities and creating this pilot project, we can create a sustainable model to help lift people out of poverty and invite more public and private investment into these communities.
Qualifications of the candidate:
- Residents of the City of Baltimore.
- Between 18 and 24 years old at the time of the application deadline.
- Either the biological or adoptive parents, or the guardians, should have full or partial caring responsibilities.
- Have an income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level based on their household size.
Applications will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022. Click here to apply.