The Bridge Project

Launched in June 2021 by The Monarch Foundation, The Bridge Project is New York City's first guaranteed income program for low-income mothers and their babies.

600

participants

$500-$1,000

monthly payment

3 Years

duration

$16,200,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants600 individuals
Median Household Income$12,654 per year
Amount$500-$1,000
FrequencyEvery two weeks
Program DatesJune 2021-June 2025
EligibilityHave at least one child up to 1 year old or currently pregnant, live in an eligible zip code, and have an annual household income under $52,000. No SSN or ITIN required.

About The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project is New York City’s first guaranteed income program. Launched in June 2021 by The Monarch Foundation, The Bridge Project is designed to support low-income mothers in New York City during the first 1,000 days of their children’s lives by providing them with consistent, unconditional cash on a biweekly basis. The first phase of the Bridge Project provides either $500 or $1,000 a month to 100 low-income mothers living in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Central Harlem for three years, and is a randomized controlled trial in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Guaranteed Income Research. The program has since expanded to a second phase, which launched recruitment in April 2022. The program dramatically expanded to include a cohort of 500 additional low-income, pregnant mothers across the project's existing neighborhoods in Northern Manhattan, along with the neighborhoods of East Harlem, the Central Bronx, and the South Bronx. Selected mothers are receiving $1,000 a month for the first 18 months of the program and $500 a month for the last 18 months, all on a biweekly basis. The program hopes to continue to expand throughout various neighborhoods and boroughs across New York City to support mothers and their babies and alleviate child poverty. The demographic and spending data on this page is based on 100 mothers in the first phase of The Bridge Project.

Data last updated on 12/31/2023.

Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

The Bridge Project

$12,654.00

New York City, NY

$74,694

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$14,520.00

Sample Size

100

Avg. Age of Respondent

29.00

Avg. Children in Household

2

Avg. Household Size

3

gender

Male

0.00%

Female

100.00%

Other

0.00%

marital status

Married

23.00%

Single

52.00%

Partnered/In-Relationship

25.00%

children in household

Yes

75.00%

No

25.00%

race

White

20.00%

African American

39.00%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.00%

Asian

0.00%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.00%

Latino

NA**%

Other/Mixed

41.00%

ethnicity

Hispanic

74.00%

Non-Hispanic

26.00%

primary language at home

English

64.00%

Spanish

34.00%

Other

2.00%

Economic Context for Pilot Participants

The guaranteed income pilot launched during a period of dynamic change and economic challenges for pilot participants. The chart below situates this pilot in the context of unemployment and inflation.

Start of Covid-19 PandemicJan 2019MarMayJulSepNovJan 2020MarMayJulSepNovJan 2021MarMayJulSepNovJan 2022MarMayJulSepNovJan 2023MarMayJulSepNovJan 2024MarMayJulSepNovJan 2025MarMayJulSepNovJan 202602468101214161820Unemployment02468101214161820Inflation
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Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in New York City, NY. This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' pre-paid debit card that is loaded with guaranteed income payments every two weeks.

Spending breakdown

Retail sales and services accounted for the largest share of spending, at 37.9%, followed by Food and groceries (33.58%) and Housing & Utilities (8.91%).

Christina

“It’s a relief that I feel – everything that I went through and all of the struggles – and then The Bridge Project came along. I swear, if it wasn’t for The Bridge Project – I don’t know where I would be mentally, physically, etc."

Christina

The Bridge Project

New York City, NY

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