The Uplift cash assistance pilot program will give a $500 guaranteed monthly income for 24 months income to eligible residents in Iowa kicks off.
$500 Cash Assistance Pilot Program
Millions of Americans across the country need an additional source of income to meet their daily needs. In Iowa, the $500 cash assistance pilot program started on Friday and Uplift- The Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot is now in need of participants.
In a published article in Yahoo News, eligible participants of the cash assistance pilot program will receive an amount of $500 for 24 months of guaranteed income. This is expected to help them pay their basic needs like food, rent, utilities, health care, and child care.
According to Ashley Ezzio, Senior Project Coordinator at The Tom and Ruth Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, which coordinates the study that the $500 cash assistance pilot program is to test whether an unrestricted and no-strings-attached monthly payment will help to reduce poverty, We Are IOWA reports.
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Eligibility for the Cash Assistance Program
The researchers who fund the cash assistance program set criteria for those who want to become a part of the pilot test. According to an article published in Des Moines Register, they need to meet the following:
- Applicants must live in Polk, Dallas, or Warren counties
- 18 years old and above
- Live with a dependent up to the age of 25
- Have a household income below 60% of the area median income, which for a family of four is $59,190 a year.
Moreover, the applicants do not need to have a bank account, Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number to become eligible for the cash assistance program. Also, only one person is allowed per household.
Furthermore, the application started on Feb.17, Friday, and will end on Feb.27. Those who are interested can apply through upliftiowa.org and they are expected to receive the $500 monthly cash assistance program on May 15.
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