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Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto wants approval for program giving direct cash payments to Black women

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants the city council to approve a $2.5 million universal basic income program.

According to our partners at, the money would come from federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funding. Peduto said the program would provide monthly cash payments to Black women. It’s not clear if it is exclusionary or not as the full details of the pilot program have not yet been released.

The program is already being tested in other cities around the country where people get monthly cash payments. According to NPR, randomly selected people living at or below Stockton, California’s average household income are getting $500 cash payments each month for two years. In Jackson, Mississippi, The Washington Post reports a pilot program is giving 20 Black single mothers who live in public housing $1,000 each month for a year with no strings attached.

“There are cities across the country that are using American Rescue Plan money to do this,” said Dan Gilman, Peduto’s chief of staff.

The program is set to be introduced to the city council Tuesday.


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