New York City is preparing to launch a pilot program to tackle homelessness among young adults by providing monthly cash payments.
The program, developed by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and financially supported by the city, will provide $ 1,250 per month to 40 participants aged 18 to 25 for up to two years, with the goal of helping beneficiaries find stable housing.
“Direct cash transfers have a strong international evidence base and recognize people’s action,” Chapin Hall’s Matthew Morton said in a statement.
He added: “Providing direct financial assistance with supports to young people has the potential to enable them to invest in their own success while helping to address racial inequalities resulting from the legacy of injustice.”
The program targets youth “with lived experience of homelessness, particularly Blacks, Indigenous people, Latinx and LGBTQ people. [people]”.
Separately, outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the program, chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray, said “will help uplift young people and strengthen our commitment to end homelessness once and for all. youth shelter ”.
A Chapin Hall statement said that “contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that transferring money to people facing adversity does not lead to misuse of money, increased substance use. or reduced motivation at work “.
In 2018, Chapin Hall found that one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in the United States had slept on the streets, in shelters, ran away, been kicked out of their home, or surfed a sofa over the previous year.
The previous study, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, also found that at least one in 30 adolescents aged 13 to 17 had experienced some form of homelessness without the support of ‘a parent or guardian during the same period.
He also found that homelessness was no less prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas, and that certain groups, including blacks and Hispanics, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, as well as those who did not complete high school or are young parents were at greater risk.
“Each day of housing instability and the associated stress represents a missed opportunity to support healthy development and transitions to productive adulthood,” the Chapin Hall researchers concluded.