Philadelphia officials announced Monday they are fundraising to launch a trial program to give $1,000 monthly cash payments to expectant mothers who live in certain communities.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health aims to start the Philly Joy Bank pilot in early 2024 to help ease racial disparities in infant mortality rates.
Philadelphia has the highest infant mortality rate during a child’s first year of life of the 10 most populated US cities, the city said.
In a press release, the City of Philadelphia announced cited officials involved with the Philadelphia Community Action Network (CAN) who have “concluded that monthly cash supplements during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life would relieve one of the most significant sources of stress for pregnant people by providing direct financial assistance.”
“To be eligible for the Philly Joy Bank pilot, residents must be pregnant, have a household income of less than $100,000 per year annually, and live in one of the three Philly neighborhoods with the highest rates of very low birth weight: Cobbs Creek, Strawberry Mansion, Nicetown-Tioga,” the announcement reads.
The announcement was cheered by Mayors for Guaranteed Income, a network of mayors pushing for a federal guaranteed income.
“Love seeing mayors doing their part to make a guaranteed income a reality!
@MayorsForAGI member, @PhillyMayor, and Philadelphia Community Action Network just announced a pilot that would offer 18 months of guaranteed income payments to 250 expectant moms,” the group wrote.
Love seeing mayors doing their part to make a guaranteed income a reality! @MayorsForAGI member, @PhillyMayor, and Philadelphia Community Action Network just announced a pilot that would offer 18 months of guaranteed income payments to 250 expectant moms. https://t.co/yCifTRBDah
— Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (@mayorsforagi) March 21, 2023
Philadelphia to pay pregnant women $1K per month: ‘Solvable crisis’ https://t.co/qPeIBnPY5J pic.twitter.com/bgNC8PYx8N
— New York Post (@nypost) March 23, 2023
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