Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County is proud to partner with Thrive Prince George’s to provide guaranteed income to up to 50 youth who emancipated from Prince George’s County foster care between 2020 and 2022.
Only individuals who are 18-24 years old and emancipated from Prince George’s County are eligible to participate in this program.
The application period is now closed. If you completed an inquiry form, one of our staff members will contact you to inform you of whether or not you were accepted to the program. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a senior citizen (age 60+) and looking for the UCAP inquiry form, please note that the application closed December 22nd.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Thrive Prince George’s?
Thrive Prince George’s is a two-year, $4 million guaranteed-income pilot that seeks to provide greater economic stability and mobility for families in Prince George’s County.
The program, the first of its kind in the county, provides monthly payments of $800 to 50 youth (age 18-24) who are aging out of foster care and 125+ seniors (age 60+) for a 24-month period with no strings attached and no requirements tied to employment.
Thrive Prince George’s is funded using both public and private philanthropic resources from the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Prince George’s County Executive and Council, and the Meyer Foundation.
Why Guaranteed Income?
Studies have shown that modest guaranteed income pilots can decrease poverty by as much as 40%. Over 100 Guaranteed Income pilots are currently operating or have been implemented across the country and around the region – including in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, DC, and Montgomery County. Thus far, these pilots have proven that guaranteed income is one of the most promising approaches to increasing financial stability. The positive impact of guaranteed income has been studied for decades, with evidence indicating that monthly cash payments can reduce income volatility and support recipients in attaining full-time employment, greater housing stability, improved health outcomes, and more.
How Will Thrive Prince George’s Work?
The Greater Washington Community Foundation will administer the Thrive Prince George’s pilot program in partnership with several nonprofit organizations, including:
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Prince George’s County– implementation partner for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
- United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP)- implementation partner for Seniors
- Capital Area Asset Builders – Technical Assistance provider
- Prince George’s Changemakers – Community Engagement/Advocacy
What Populations Will Be Served By This Program and Why?
Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Far too many foster care youth in Prince George’s County age out of the foster care system without finding a stable, permanent home. Studies have shown that those who age out of the foster care system are more likely to face socio-economic challenges including homelessness, early pregnancy, and involvement in the criminal justice system. These socio-economic challenges were further exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to address this gap and make the case for more permanent and comprehensive investment in foster care youth, Thrive Prince George’s will provide monthly payments for up to 50 Youth who aged out of foster care between 2020 and 2022.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County will oversee the application process and facilitate payments to participating youth.
Participating youth must:
- have spent time in Prince George’s County foster care
- Currently be between 18 and 24 years old
- Emancipated out of foster care between 2020 and 2022.
Preference will also be given to youth who are caregivers or returning citizens.
Why are there no strings attached to the payments?
The purpose of guaranteed income programs is to help lift more families out of poverty by increasing their financial stability and helping to create more pathways to greater economic opportunity. These programs are designed to put unconditional cash directly in the hands of individuals and families that need it most, allowing them to make choices about how to improve their economic position and what they need to prosper. Guaranteed income does not replace existing supplemental or government benefits, but provides an extra boost that can lift people out of the safety net and into a more stable life.
Thrive Prince George’s will give participants increased flexibility and financial freedom so they can live with dignity and be empowered to overcome whatever barriers they may face – whether it is meeting basic needs, paying down a debt, moving into permanent housing, furthering their education to secure a better job, or to stop working a second job so they can spend more time with their families.