HOUSTON — At the Democratic presidential debates in Houston businessman and U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced plans to give away $1,000 a month to 10 families over the next year as part of his effort to prove the efficacy of his universal basic income campaign proposal.

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Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sept. 12, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Yang said during Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate that he will randomly choose 10 families to receive $12,000 over the next year that will come from his campaign funds. If elected president, Yang has proposed what he calls a "Freedom Dividend," which would give every citizen 18 and older $1,000 each month, something Yang says would address poverty and help Americans cover basic needs.

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He has already started distributing funds to two families in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as another family in Florida that was selected via Twitter.