Ever since she was teenager, Jewels Hawkins says she’s been more or less on her own. Not long after she stopped attending high school, her father lost his home — the beginning of several unstable years for the now 21-year-old mother of two. Since then, Hawkins has moved from one place to the next around Baltimore, often living with friends or relatives. She did a stint in a homeless shelter. She had an apartment for a while but lost it. I’m just grateful to be alive,” she said. Later this week, Hawkins and her two boys plan to move into a place of their own in East Baltimore — rent she can suddenly afford thanks to $1,000 in monthly, no-strings-attached funds that Baltimore City started sending her at the end of this summer.
Young Baltimore parents feel immediate effects from guaranteed income
October 12, 2022