By Kay Cesinger
Posted for: RecoveringSexAddict
Exploring Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal for Chicago basic income
The city said it would help those who were hit hard by the pandemic and are in need of additional economic stability.
“GIVE”, The Guaranteed Income Validation Effort, is facilitating that program.
Executive Director Burgess Peoples said there’s a mix of people taking part, “seniors, singles, individuals with babies, without babies, those that are working but are making below or at the minimum wage or below the minimum wage, and of course, we have some retired individuals on here.”
They must be 18 years or older and make $35,000 or less.
And while some people might think an additional $500 a month wouldn’t have a big impact, those taking part in Gary’s pilot program disagree.
“They’re like ‘$500 is a lot of money; $500 keeps a roof over my head. The $500 is helping me learn to budget what I have because I never had a cushion. The $500 allowed me to get my car fixed, so I can go to work and make more money because my attendance has gone up.'”
Some recipients said, for the first time, they’re able to take their families on vacation and enroll their children in extra-curricular activities.