Toward Reduced Poverty Across America: Executive Summary

Early Findings from New York City's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

By MDRC

March 10, 2013

Summary

In 2007, with the help of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a conditional cash transfer program (CCT) started in New York City as an experimental, privately funded, ghetto-busting initiative. CCT programs offer money for immediate poverty relief, but condition the assistance on families' improving their education and workforce skills, thus reducing intergenerational poverty over time. New York City’s Family Rewards was the first comprehensive CCT program implemented in a developed country. This report presents initial findings during the program’s first 2 years of operation.  

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Key Takeaway

CCT programs offer money for immediate poverty relief

During the period covered by the report, Family Rewards reduced current poverty (its main short-term goal) and produced positive effects in children’s education, family health care and parents’ work and training.

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