“Humanity Forward, is proud to team up with the Collective Action Fund, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and One Fair Wage to today announce the delivery of over $1 million dollars (in $1,000 increments) to working families in New York and across the country in the coming weeks,” Yang announced.
In the post, Yang also explained how ordinary people are affected by social distancing and being in quarantine.
“All of us staying at home is particularly problematic to those of our neighbors who work in the service industry,” Yang wrote. “With everyone trying to avoid spreading the coronavirus, local businesses will be hit a lot harder than they’ve ever been hit before.”
“On the average waiter’s or hotel employee’s salary, it’s impossible to have a two to three-month safety net saved up, so many workers are out of a job and quickly running out of money,” Yang said.
Yang praised the United States government for its proposed solutions, but he pointed out that they are more focused on aiding businesses than the masses who need help during these times.
“I’m glad to see the federal and state governments taking steps to ensure that there is some assistance. However, too much of the focus has been on helping businesses, with no-interest loans or interest rates being lowered to help corporations’ bottom lines.”
According to Yang, his campaign promise of giving everyone $1,000 each month would be a viable solution.
“Instead, we’ve got to focus on doing the one thing that we know will help people hit the hardest economically by this crisis: Send them a check of at least $1,000 each month so that they can continue to live,” he explained. “So they can keep their families healthy and safe. So they can make sure their kids’ lives and learning are disrupted as little as possible.”
Having such a measure in place would put “nearly $13 billion per month into the state of New York” not in banks but through the “accounts of our friends, our neighbors and ourselves.”
Yang said he would continue to push his suggestion to those in power, including Mayor de Blasio and President Trump.
Humanity Forward, which is now raising money for its Coronavirus Relief Fund
, will begin the program before the end of March by giving 500 poor households in the Bronx $1,000 per month.
In a Twitter post on Friday, Yang revealed that the organization would be doubling the number of households after receiving additional funding.
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