What Is BAY-CASH
Two years of cash payments with no strings attached to young people experiencing homelessness in Greater Boston
Supportive services like financial coaching, case management, and peer navigation
An evidence-driven evaluation of impact and scalability
BAY-CASH will be:
Efficient: Direct Cash Transfer programs are cost-efficient, costing significantly less than most shelters and residential programs.
Equitable: Direct Cash Transfer programs put resources directly in the hands of the most marginalized, increasing self-efficacy and self-confidence, which are rooted in Positive Youth Development.
Flexible: Funds will be immediately available, eliminating wait time. Young adults will be able to allocate resources to where they are needed most, including housing, education, childcare, and bills.
Direct Cash Transfer programs are gaining momentum in the US and Metro Boston
Metro Boston: The city of Chelsea and the city of Cambridge have both piloted DCT programs since 2020, driven by cross-sector partnerships.
New York: In June 2021, a partnership of Chapin Hall, Point Source Youth, and UpTogether announced the launch of the Trust Youth Initiative, a pilot DCT program for YYA in New York City.
To learn more about the BAY-CASH project, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org