NYC plans to give pre-paid credit cards to migrants to tune of $53 million

New York City will offer pre-paid credit cards to migrants that will allow them to purchase food.

This effort is a continuation of the city’s partnership with New Jersey’s Mobility Capital Finance, which provided similar cards during the holidays to needy residents of city housing. Now, some 500 families staying at the Roosevelt Hotel will receive the cards, according to sources cited by the New York Post. The amount allotted every 28 days will depend on the size of the family, with a family of four receiving $1,000. The pilot program will cost the city $53 million.

In order to receive the cards, migrants will have to first sign affidavits agreeing to only spend the allowance on food and baby supplies or else risk losing the privilege. The cards will only be accepted at grocery stores, convenience stores,
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