When Abbey Holland graduated from Northeastern University in 2022, she knew she wanted to make a difference in her community. Now a coordinator for Boston-based nonprofit Camp Harbor View’s guaranteed basic income program, Holland is fulfilling her dream. More than that, she’s leading the charge on guaranteed basic income programs, which have found increasing support nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Camp Harbor View’s program, which provides $583 in unrestricted cash funds every month to 50 families, is in the middle of its two-year pilot, but it’s already been a success for the families in the program, Holland says.
“There are, luckily, positive financial impacts, like being able to save more and paying down debts and working toward financial goals,” Holland told Northeastern Global News. “The families who are receiving the money are experiencing less psychological stress and more stable family environments, which is really great.”