The Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, a universal basic income initiative initiated by the Illinois city of Evanston in collaboration with Northwestern University, will give 150 households a $500 Stimulus Check each month for a year.
The program’s goal is to explore the effects of guaranteed income and will give North Western University scholars a firsthand account of what beneficiaries go through after getting this stimulus check. Mayor Daniel Biss sent a statement to the media stating, “Evanston is happy to join the growing Guaranteed Income movement.”
Illinois Residents Will Get A Stimulus Check
“These Stimulus Check programs offer aid without conditions, allowing users to use the monies anyway it is most beneficial for them and their families.” The Evanston Community Foundation, Northwestern University, and former councilwoman Cicely Fleming are all to be commended for helping to forward the idea of using ARPA financing for this trial. All Evanston residents with family incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for the Stimulus Check program. Additionally, eligible residents must belong to one of the following categories:
-18 to 24-year-old adults
-elderly adults (62 years and older)
-Community members without documentation
It is possible to apply between August 15 and August 29. Visit the website cityofevanston.org/gi to find out more about the program and to submit an application if you are interested.
150 applicants will be chosen at random to participate in the program after the application deadline.
Harish I. Patel, the Director of Economic Security for Illinois, continued, “This guaranteed income program will do so much more than offering $500 per month to 150 residents: it will reimagine, humanize, and strengthen the social safety net; it will also reshape the relationship between people and their government.