Tuesday, October 27, 2020

HudsonUP Launch Announced

HudsonUP, the universal basic income pilot program founded by The Spark of Hudson and the Humanity Forward Foundation, announced its launch today with the following press release:
Participants for the HudsonUP universal basic income pilot have been selected and are set to receive $500 each month for the next 5 years starting on November 1, 2020.
The pilot received nearly 500 submissions from with the Hudson, NY city limits. Selection was completed by way of a weighted randomization. Selection was randomized with weights applied to submissions to account for equity factors. The selection process was overseen by a team of independent researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The participant group reflects the tremendous diversity of the city--half are Black or African American, 34% identify as white, 12% are Hispanic, and 4% are Asian. The sample includes more women than men--around 70% are women, 23% are men, and 7% are non-binary, non-conforming or transgender.
Participants were notified at the end of last month and are on-track to receive their first UBI payment by the start of next month. There will be no limits placed on how participants are able to spend the money. . . . 
Hudson native and non-profit management professional, Joan Hunt will be stepping into the role of HudsonUP Pilot Director to oversee the overall communications strategy and day-to-day operations of the program. Ms. Hunt will be the primary contact for the pilot's participants and will serve as the chief spokesperson for the program. "I look forward to witnessing firsthand the positive effect basic income can have on individuals and on the Hudson community broadly," said Ms. Hunt, "and I'm honored to be taking on the role of HudsonUP Pilot Director to help tell the story of UBI in Hudson to the country and to the world.". . . 
The entire press release can be found here.

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