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.  

March 10, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    How the city of New York implemented the first conditional cash transfer program (CCT) in a developed country urban corridor.

  2. 2

    How the CCT program works to help families climb out of poverty.

  3. 3

    Which incentives (monetary) were attached to which conditions (education/training).

  4. 4

    Which health, housing, employment, education or basic survival rewards actually made a difference.

  1. 5

    Who benefited the most from the cash incentive program.

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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