A year after a single mom stopped getting $500 a month through Chicago’s basic income program, she’s still holding down an apartment and making ends meet

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Jennette Fisher and her 11-year-old daughter Sophia moved into a new apartment in January. Fisher is still setting up the furniture, but her Chicago suburb is starting to feel like home.

“It was every single thing that I prayed for,” she told Business Insider.

Fisher, 46, was a participant in the City of Chicago’s Resilient Communities Pilot. The guaranteed basic-income program provided 5,000 families with $500 a month no-strings-attached for a full year, beginning in summer 2022. Selected participants experienced economic hardship from the pandemic and had household incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line. That means participants like Fisher would’ve had to make less than $45,775 to qualify as a family of two.

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