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July 28, 2023

Worcester Community Action Council piloting $500-per-month basic income program for those in need

Photo | Brad Kane Marybeth Campbell, executive director of Worcester Community Action Council

Worcester Community Action Council is using $250,000 in funding from the City of Worcester to launch a pilot program providing basic income to 52 participating households.

Participating households will receive between $100 and $500 per month, as determined by WCAC analysis of individual or family need. The funding from the city is part of the American Rescue Plan Act, according to a Friday press release from WCAC.

The pilot program will take place over a two-year period with monthly income and additional supports, including financial empowerment workshops and coaching. 

"This pilot program will further financial stability for local families while allowing them to focus on self-determined goals around critical needs such as housing, employment, childcare, and health," WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell said in the press release.

An aim of the basic income program is to allow participants to fill wage gaps that may occur with career shifts or additional education and workforce training, according to the press release.

Participants will be asked to complete monthly surveys about spending of the stipend across categories, including food, housing, technology, and job training.

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