in partnership with Michigan State University

Send cash to moms and babies in Flint, Michigan

Over half of kids in Flint, MI are growing up in poverty – 3x the U.S. average.

We can break this cycle and invest in Flint’s next generation by giving families what they truly need: cash. Together, our impact in Flint can help transform the way we support families in poverty across the country.

Program Updates

April 2023: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation commit to support Rx Kids over 3 years.

With your help, Rx Kids can reach every new mother and baby in Flint.

Every year, around 1,000 children are born in Flint into families facing food insecurity and unequal access to healthcare. These first months of life are critical for a baby’s development; it’s also when their families are struggling the most.

Together, we can deliver $7,500 to the mother of every single infant born in Flint – with no strings attached.

  • Every mom living in Flint will receive $1,500 during their pregnancy to spend on food, prenatal care, rent, or whatever they need most.
  • After giving birth, moms will receive $500/month for their baby’s first year to cover formula, diapers, childcare, and everything else.

Rx Kids is the first citywide effort in the U.S. to tackle the leading social determinant of health: poverty. Moms want to build a brighter future for their children – they simply need the money to do it.

A whole-of-society hug, Rx Kids fulfills a promise to our babies that we can do better to preserve and protect their tomorrows. As a pediatrician, Rx Kids is the science-based and prevention-driven answer to treat the pathogen of poverty.
Cash is proven to work – especially in the hands of new moms.

Hundreds of studies show that unconditional cash transfers can be life-changing across countries and contexts. Mothers and babies are no different, and early intervention is shown to have sustained health and development impacts years after cash is delivered.

Rx Kids will be the first evaluation of a citywide cash program aimed at mothers and babies. We plan to measure impacts at the individual and community level, including on maternal and infant health, local employment and investment, the rate of people moving in and out of Flint, and more.

Let’s reimagine how society supports families in need.

We know cash works for families in need – the Expanded Child Tax Credit helped keep 3.7M children out of poverty. Yet Congress failed to renew the credit and other direct cash assistance programs only reach 21% of eligible families in need.

Flint is just the beginning. If we can demonstrate the power of citywide cash to address Flint’s profound economic and health inequities, we can spark a national movement to shift more resources directly to moms in need and build a brighter future for babies born into poverty.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+How much money will mothers receive?

$7,500 total. This will include one-time, $1,500 transfers upon enrollment during pregnancy, followed by 12 monthly payments of $500 during their infant’s first year of life.

+ Who will be eligible to receive funds?

All pregnant mothers and infants living in the city of Flint, Michigan will be eligible to enroll online, without the administrative burden of income verification or means testing. With enough funding, we can deliver money to the mother of every child born in Flint.

+When will people receive the money?

Depending on how quickly we can raise funds, we aim to begin enrolling and paying mothers in early 2024. Your donations are critical to informing the launch timeline and scale of the program and will be earmarked for cash transfers once enrollment begins.

+How will we study the program’s impact?

Researchers at Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan will conduct a mixed methods evaluation that includes quantitative analysis and interviews with participating mothers. We aim to isolate the impacts of the transfers from other factors by including a comparison group of babies born outside of Flint.

+Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, donations are tax-deductible in the United States. GiveDirectly is a registered 501(c)(3), and our U.S. federal EIN is 27-1661997.

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