In the spring of 2022, Tydricka Lewis finally bought a car that started every time she asked it to and no longer left her stranded.
Her 2020 Nissan Rogue was essential to her new job as a peer-support specialist — helping people in mental-health crises required her to be able to get places reliably and fast. And it was essential to her new life outside prison, where she’d spent six years and four months for chasing fraudulent checks.
It was a car that Lewis, a 32-year-old single mother of three, would not otherwise have been able to afford. But when she was selected for Durham, North Carolina’s guaranteed-income pilot program, she knew exactly where her $600 monthly stipend would be best spent.
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