Emergency Basic Income for the Coronavirus Crisis
The economic repercussions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are grave and far-reaching. Businesses are shutting down, economic activity is collapsing and workers across the country are being laid off.
Millions of families and individuals are left without any support. Most Americans do not have the capacity to sit at home for weeks – or months – on end and meet even basic needs.
The typical remedies offered during an economic downturn – expanded sick leave, payroll taxes, lower interest rates, loans to companies – will do nothing or next to nothing for many Americans who are being hit by the economic slowdown. The average shift worker is a temp or contractor who can be fired at will.
The most effective thing we could do is put cash into people’s hands and that's why we've launched the Covid Response Team. Humanity Forward, in partnership with The Collective Education Fund, is committing to delivering one-time, and recurring, basic income payments to individuals and families who stand to be most impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The initial target populations will primarily consist of Americans in lower income brackets who depend on wage work to support them and their families. Our first program will be launched in the Bronx, NY, and we aim to roll out similar initiatives in the coming weeks.
Are you an individual adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and seeking financial aid? Sign up for support from Humanity Forward now.
The ideal partners have pre-existing financial relationships with target populations to be able to efficiently identify appropriate recipients and disburse payments. Examples include:
Credit unions, community banks or community organizations that specifically work with restaurant workers, construction workers, home health care workers, hotel workers, domestic workers or any other affected workforce
Humanity Forward, in partnership with The Collective Education Fund, is building a coalition of volunteers, activists and other interested parties who are ready to mobilize using available time and talent to promote, assist and develop an emergency UBI program in a limited amount of time. Volunteers will ideally be local to the targeted communities. Each region has a Market Lead to coordinate disbursement efforts and efficient use of resources.
Donors using the link below will have 100% of their donations committed to the emergency basic income program, ultimately putting cash directly into the hands of the working poor in order to help families manage the coronavirus crisis. In addition, these contributions will be tax deductible.
For large contributions of $100,000 or more, please reach out via email here to process payments via wire.
All contributions are tax-deductible and will be used for the sole purpose of providing basic income payments to individuals and families who stand to be most impacted by the coronavirus crisis.