According to the New York Post, Philadelphia is announcing a special trial program that will pay pregnant women $1000 per month.
On March 20, 2023, officials announced that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health had received contributions that would support a pilot program focused on reducing infant mortality and the racial disparities involved.
The City of Philadelphia states that it has the highest rate of infant mortality in the first year of life.
Moreover, black infants are four times more likely to die than white infants before their first birthday.
The $1000 per month will provide a monthly guaranteed income for approximately 250 pregnant Philadelphian women.
This is going to be part of a new trial program and new mothers will receive payments for 18 months. To qualify, the mother must come from a household with an annual income of less than $100,000.
The program will specifically target certain neighborhoods of Philadelphia that are known for having high rates of low birth weight babies.
Interestingly, there will be no rules for how the mothers can spend the money. It is basically - no strings attached. Thus, the mothers will have the freedom to use the cash for whatever purpose they require.
In addition to the monthly cash payment, there will also be other help like home visits, financial counseling, doulas, etc.
So far, Philadelphia has secured $3 million in funding but they are hoping to secure a total of $6 million.
For now, there is enough to support 250 expectant mothers.
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