You can apply now for $500 monthly direct payments from $1.2 million in funds - are you eligible?

A pilot program that will pay $6000 over 12 months is now open to thousands of Americans.

Mount Vernon, New York, has partnered with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income to send $500 monthly payments to 200 residents.

Level Up is a pilot program that will send cash to Mount Vernon residents while simultaneously studying the effects of the extra income.

A household must earn at least $15,000 a year to qualify for the program.

Depending on household size, income caps vary, but families must make less than 80% of the average income in the county.

You can apply online until August 5 at 11.59pm if you are eligible.

Residents will also be able to apply at physical locations around the city.

The pilot program will select 200 eligible applicants at random after the application window closes.

It is expected that people will be notified by the end of August, but the timeline could change.

In addition, households selected for the program will be asked to complete surveys about their overall health and well-being.

Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard said the Mount Vernon community is committed to building a dignity economy.

It is exciting to join a coalition of innovative and forward-looking mayors who are not afraid to push for critical resources for their communities."

Participants will receive payments without strings attached, and the money can be spent however they wish.

To apply, you do not need a bank account since participants will be paid through pre-loaded debit cards.

According to the Rockland Westchester Journal News, the program will cost $1.2 million.

Relief in Mount Vernon will be funded entirely by the American Rescue Plan, which earmarked $41 million for relief.

A control group of 275 will not receive the monthly payments, but will receive a $30 gift card for responding to surveys to track their overall well-being.

We will compare these surveys with those of those who did receive payments for participating in the study.

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