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Durham launches long-awaited guaranteed basic income program

WRAL TV Durham

March 31, 2022

More than 100 Durham residents received $600 this month as part of the city's guaranteed basic income program. The program aims to put cash in people's pockets for the next year.

People are using the monthly funds to pay for rent, food and gas prices, according to Syretta Hill, executive director for the nonprofit StepUp Durham.

Research shows that giving people a universal basic income improves both physical and mental health. It encourages small businesses and can create more racial equity, according to Drexel University's Center for Hunger-free Communities.

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