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California Will Pay Pregnant Black Women Universal Basic Income

California seeks to expand a San Francisco program that pays pregnant black women Universal Basic Income to other counties in the state. San Francisco “helped” about 150 black women in the past 12 months with direct cash payments. Up to 425 more women will receive up to $1,000 per month for a 12-month period as a result of the program’s expansion. Each woman will receive no less than $600 per month. San Francisco mayor London Breed says the initiative has been successful in its goal of assisting black women through troubling times and she welcomes any expansion.

There are two non-governmental organizations involved with the dispensing of taxpayer funds to pregnant black women. The Abundant Birth Program started in San Francisco last year in partnership with Expecting Justice to reduce racial birth disparities. They claim that premature births occur due to wealth discrepancies. Director of Expanding Justice, Zea Malawa, says that black women have been excluded from the resources to have safe and healthy pregnancies. $5 million more dollars will come from the state to expand the program to Los Angeles, Riverside, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties in 2023.

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San Francisco guaranteed income program for pregnant Black women to expand across California | Fox Business

California is expanding a guaranteed income program for pregnant black women | Daily Mail Online

California expands guaranteed income program for pregnant Black women – Washington Times

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