Two people smiling and talking at the Direct Cash Program Summit at Camp Harbor View in May of 2023

Guaranteed income is an important piece of CHV’s holistic web of family supports, giving families unrestricted resources to create the future they envision for themselves. In partnership with UpTogether, CHV established a second fund in 2024 building on a fifty-family pilot launched in 2021. This program is a commitment to the long-term racial and social equity of our city. And a commitment to ensuring that economic mobility is possible in Boston.

PILOT REPORT:Direct Cash for a better Boston

See the impact when families receive cash with no strings attached.

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Grid of purple, navy blue, and orange shapes and photos of participants in the Direct Cash Program pilot
The Boston Globe - Can an extra $800 a month lift someone out of poverty? Local nonprofits put cash to the test. By Shirley Leung

Local nonprofits put cash to the test

In 2022, CHV’s program was featured by the Boston Globe alongside USES, UpTogether and other organizations moving the direct cash moment forward in Boston.

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Four pilot participants played a key role in shaping the program experience and designing the next cohort. Parent perspectives will continue to shape CHV programs with this inaugural group leading the way: Kenneth Agbonghagbonse, Sherene Blake, Tierra Lyons and Priscilla Miller.