Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Overview

Guaranteed income is a solution proven to increase economic mobility, ensure greater economic freedom, and improve health and wellbeing.   A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It helps low-income families even out the financial ups and downs, such as an unexpected car repair or reduced work hours, that prevent them from making ends meet.  It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. It gives individuals the freedom to make the choices that are best for their families.  Because guaranteed income is so promising, more than 50 cities around the country are implementing a guaranteed income program.

On July 6, 2021, the Alexandria City Council voted to use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support a guaranteed income pilot. Not only does it help individual families, but creates an economic ripple effect as families spend and support businesses in our community.  The proposal includes rigorous research efforts so that we can understand the impact of the program and inform future efforts.

Please note: the application for this program will be available Mid-Summer of 2022.

For more information and updates, please visit: https://www.alexandriava.gov/economic-support/faqs-about-arise-the-guaranteed-income-pilot. 

If you would like to share comments or have questions about the program, please contact guaranteedincome@alexandriava.gov.

Information Sessions

On August 9 and 10, ACT hosted information sessions in which community members and nonprofit leaders interested in the Guaranteed Income Pilot could ask questions, share thoughts, and receive updates on the project timeline.

VIEW THE AUGUST 9 RECORDING

VIEW THE AUGUST 10 RECORDING

City Presentation for Info Session

Resources

FAQs for Prospective Applicants

FAQs for Nonprofits and Community Partners

California Program Giving $500 No-Strings-Attached Stipends Pays Off, Study Finds

Guaranteed Income Pilot Projects with American Rescue Plan Act Funding

New Stimulus Proposals Look Like a Guaranteed Income Experiment. Early Results Show Whether it Will Work

Targeted Direct Payments are the Simplest, Most Direct Way to Get Cash into the Economy

 

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