Americans have just a few hours left to apply for monthly payments of $850

TODAY is the last day to apply for the Georgia Guaranteed Income Program called Her Hands.

The new program will provide monthly payments of $850 for two years to more than 650 black women who are at or below twice the federal poverty level.

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Black women in Georgia can apply for guaranteed income today

The $13 million partnership between the Georgia Resilience & Opportunity Fund (GRO) and GiveDirectly will address three areas with the largest racial wealth and poverty gaps in the United States.

The site for the first project is Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, with applications being accepted May 2 through May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

The second site to launch will be in Clay, Terrell, and Randolph counties in southwestern Georgia.

These applications will open in June.

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The final site for the project is yet to be announced but will be unveiled this month and applications will open in July.

This unconditional Georgian program is one of the largest guaranteed income initiatives in the United States – designed by and for black women – and the largest in the South.

Amir Farokhi, Atlanta council member and co-chair of the Old Fourth Ward Economic Security Task Force said in a press release“Georgia experiences one of the greatest economic insecurities and instabilities in the country, especially for black and brown women.

“The GRO Fund is about testing big ideas to meet this challenge. But the work is people-first, not theory-first.”

Entrants will be selected from a random lottery of eligible applicants.

Half of the recipients will receive $850 per month for 24 months, while the other half will first receive a lump sum payment of $4,300, followed by 23 months of payments of $700.

Are you eligible?

The eligibility conditions are as follows:

  • Must live in Old Fourth Ward or parts of Sweet Auburn
  • Must be a female at least 18 years old
  • Impacted by Covid-19, including health issues or job loss
  • Income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level

The income threshold is $27,180 per year for individuals and $55,500 for a family of four.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, go to Website In Her Hands and click on your location to apply.

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