Applications are now open for the Denver Basic Income Project, a program that aims to address homelessness by giving cash directly to people and families. Some 820 people will be enrolled in the program and those not selected will be placed on a waitlist.
In order to qualify, applicants must:
- Be connected with an organizations working with DBIP
- Be experiencing homelessness
- Not have severe, unaddressed mental health or substance abuse needs
- Be 18 years or older
Denver City Council voted last month to contribute $2 million to the fund. The city’s pledged funding will go toward supporting 140 women, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals and families.
A spokesperson for the Denver Basic Income Project said 78% of the program’s funds are open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
“This project is designed to support a participant pool that reflects the demographics of those experiencing homelessness in Denver,” the spokesperson said.
This story has been updated with comment from the Denver Basic Income Project.