Denver, Colorado will serve as a testing ground for a program on universal basic income, one of the key components of the socialist utopia that the political left is determined to transform America into with thousands of dollars in free money being doled out to select members of the city’s homeless population.
Political leadership in the Mile High City has approved the allocation of $2 million from the American Rescue plan to fund the program which will provide $12,000 in no-strings-attached cash to 140 transgender and non-binary homeless individuals to assist in approving their miserable lot in life with the hope that the money will also help with managing the city’s surging crime rate.
The program, which will be run by the Denver Basic Income Project, will prioritize the needs of one very special demographic over others regardless of who is more deserving of the government largesse with the total program expected to cost up to $9 million aiming to assist around 820 people.
(Video: YouTube/Fox 31 Denver)
According to the Denver Basic Income Project’s website, “The Denver Basic Income Project believes that providing direct cash payments to the unhoused empowers individuals to make decisions to best suit their needs and provides dignity and agency over their lives. We are working alongside community partners long invested in the care and success of our homeless neighbors. Together with their trust, we will transform the way in which people rise up.”
“Homelessness, income inequality, a hollowed-out middle class, an alarming disparity in access to opportunity, and the challenges of mental health and poverty all stem from a lack of equity in our economic systems,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, a Democrat, said in a statement posted on the group’s website. “The Denver Basic Income Project is an opportunity to explore how the philanthropic community and the private sector can augment public support for those living in poverty, particularly our unhoused neighbors, and extend that hand up to stability.”
According to a report by Axios on the innovative new Denver program, “Angie Nelson, deputy director of Housing Stability and Homelessness Resolution, said participants include those who are already using local resources, such as shelters. They cannot have a severe and unaddressed mental health or substance use need.”
“As excited as we are about it, this isn’t something you can call in and apply for,” Nelson told the outlet.
“Through this project, we believe we can provide a small amount of basic income that can help people leave that experience of homelessness quickly and cost-effectively,” Jennifer Biess, director of data, policy and strategy for the city’s Department of Housing Stability, said in a council committee meeting last month,” the Denver Post reported. “The first payments to the 140 individuals and families selected for the program could go out as soon as November, according to city officials.”
Denver Basic Income Project founder Mark Donovan predicted that the program will be an inspiration, spawning similar projects nationally, telling Axios that “he expects similar programs in 100 cities by the end of the year.”
“It’s a growing movement,” Donovan said. “The reason that there is so much activity is it’s working.”
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