Pilot program to give cash to expecting mothers and families with newborns in Michigan

A new income program focused on lifting families and infants from poverty in Flint, Michigan, will give a monthly stipend to expecting mothers and babies in their first year.

Rx Kids is the first program of its kind in the United States to supply $1,500 for women during pregnancy and an additional $500 every month during their first year.

The program began on Wednesday with no income qualifications necessary to enroll. Pregnant mothers and babies born in 2024 in Flint qualify for the “unconditional cash payments,” according to a press release from the City of Flint. 

The $1,500 one-time stipend is for rent, prenatal care, food, or other necessities. The $500 monthly allowance is for newborn and toddler essentials such as diapers, formula, and day care.

The mission of the pilot program is to increase economic, housing, and food security which can improve
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