Yang: “The coronavirus outbreak has absolutely devastated local economic activity, and working families are feeling it most..Our goal is to get money into their hands as quickly as possible so they can focus on keeping themselves and their families healthy.”
Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang will distribute $1 million to poor households in the Bronx struggling through the COVID-19 crisis.
Andrew Yang, entrepreneur and recent Presidential Candidate, announced on Friday that his new non-profit, Humanity Forward, and its partners will be distributing at least $1,000,000 to 1,000 households consisting of the working poor in the Bronx in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Recipients are clients of the financial empowerment nonprofit, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, and will receive $1,000 within the next two weeks.
In addition to the initial program implemented in The Bronx, Humanity Forward will be partnering with One Fair Wage (OFW) to supplement their OFW Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund across New York. Humanity Forward will help OFW raise funds for the program and assist in the implementation of the payment to service workers across NYC who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic shutdown.
Finally, Humanity Forward will provide relief in the form of one-time basic income payments to individuals and families who request emergency funds directly from Humanity Forward. At least $100,000 will be given in micro-grants of $250 or $500 directly via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
100% of every additional dollar that Humanity Forward raises for its fund will go directly to an American in need. To give or for more details on the Humanity Forward Coronavirus Relief Fund, go to www.movehumanityforward.com/covid-relief/.
“The coronavirus outbreak has absolutely devastated local economic activity, and working families are feeling it most,” Yang said. “Many feel like they don’t have money for groceries or rent, even as their child’s school shuts down. Our goal is to get money into their hands as quickly as possible so they can focus on keeping themselves and their families healthy. This is exactly what our government should do, and we are doing it now so that families can get relief as quickly as possible.”
“If each person facing additional financial hardships during this time could receive $1,000 to get through this difficult period, it would make a big difference in their lives and the lives of their families,” said Justine Zinkin, CEO of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a financial non-profit that helps the working poor in the Bronx and other areas. “Our clients are home health aides, cashiers, cleaners, and drivers, the backbone of our local economy and now faced with unimaginable financial hardship. We are thrilled to help Humanity Forward provide cash relief to some of the clients who we know are struggling to get by in this period of crisis.”
“Literally millions of service workers from restaurants and other personal care businesses have been laid off due to COVID-19,” said Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage. “After living on a subminimum wage for years and forced to rely on tips to feed their families, these workers are now destitute, and most are not eligible for unemployment insurance. Andrew Yang and Humanity Forward will help provide thousands of New York service workers with cash relief of $213 – symbolizing the fact that the subminimum wage for tipped workers is still a paltry $2.13 an hour. We are so deeply grateful for both the financial support and the volunteer army to help us call each of these workers, register them to vote, and get them the cash relief they so desperately need.”
Humanity Forward (https://movehumanityforward.com/) is a new 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the movement inspired by Andrew Yang’s 2020 Presidential Campaign. Its key policies include universal basic income, a human-centered economy and data as a property right. It likes to give people money.
Humanity Forward has partnered with the Collective Education Fund for its 501(c)(3) efforts. The Collective Education Fund is the 501(c)(3) arm of The Collective (https://collectivepac.org), a consortium of organizations working to ensure equal representation for African Americans at all levels of government in the United States. Since 2016, The Collective has raised over $10 million helping elect over 55 Black candidates to public office around the nation.
Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners (https://www.neighborhoodtrust.org/) is a nonprofit with a mission of financial empowerment. We provide financial coaching and access to financial products to help workers achieve financial security. TrustPlus is our financial coaching workplace benefit. Across the country, employees at over 130 employers and business networks can access a Neighborhood Trust Financial Coach linked to our Financial Action Plan platform.
One Fair Wage (https://onefairwage.com/) is a national campaign to end subminimum wages for all workers in America, especially for the almost 14 million restaurant workers nationwide who still struggle with a subminimum wage for tipped workers of just $2.13 an hour. One Fair Wage launched a Service Workers’ Emergency Fund is helping 100,000 tipped and service workers nationwide.