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New program to put money in pockets of Columbia fathers

100 Columbia fathers will receive $500 per month for two years through the pilot program.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mayors for a Guaranteed Income has announced $18 million in donations from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to help support community members in need.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said the funding coming to Columbia will go towards a new program that will give hundreds of dollars to local fathers.

“We stepped up, decided to participate and, as a result, now it’s turned into a $600,000 award, which gets us almost halfway to our goal of raising $1.4 million -- all privately," Mayor Benjamin told News 19.

Partnering with the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, 100 men will be a part of the pilot program called Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost, or CLIMB, and will receive $500 per month for two years.

“It’s a wonderful way to say, 'ok you’re doing the things that you should be doing and this community wants to support you in helping you get there,' and as a result, we will be benefitting our education, the ecosystem ... We’ll be working to create a safer community, your children will be given a chance to live up to their God-given potential and we’ll be laying out Columbia as what we believe it should be … a city ought to be a platform for potential,” Benjamin said.