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 Bridge Project 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.