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37208 DEMONSTRATION

Moving Nashville Forward is a community-led effort to create a guaranteed basic income pilot program in Nashville’s 37208 zip code – known as North Nashville – which is both the most incarcerated zip code in America and the heart of Nashville’s Black community. MNF’s 37208 Demonstration will distribute $10,000 to 100 families over one year to people making less than $40,000 a year, measure the impact of this investment, and produce the 37208 Demonstration Report with independent researchers to publicize our findings, organize support, and create a roadmap toward a guaranteed basic income in Nashville and the South.

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ARLINGTON’S GUARANTEE

Arlington’s Guarantee is designed to build personal power for very low-income working households who are increasingly being priced out of our very expensive community. It was launched by Arlington Community Foundation In September 2021 in close partnership with the Arlington County Dept. of Human Services and local nonprofits. Participants receive $500 per month via debit card for 18 months. Recipients are offered optional 1:1 coaches to help them set goals to maximize this 18 months of extra income.

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THE BRIDGE PROJECT

Launching in June 2021, the Bridge Project is designed to support low-income mothers in New York City during the first 1,000 days of their children’s lives by providing them with consistent, unconditional cash on a biweekly basis. The first phase of the Bridge Project will provide either $500 or $1,000 a month to 100 Black and immigrant mothers living in Washington Heights and Harlem. The program hopes to launch future phases throughout New York City’s boroughs to support mothers and their babies and alleviate child poverty.

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CAMP HARBOR VIEW GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT

The Camp Harbor View Guaranteed Income Pilot will enroll 100 eligible families into a 2-year study, where 50 of those families will receive a guaranteed income. To be eligible, families must live in Boston, MA, have a child in one of Camp Harbor View’s youth-serving programs, and self-certify as having a low income but not receiving (most) public benefits. We are partnered with UpTogether to distribute to our participants $583 per month ($7000/year) for two years as a cash transfer or a debit card, depending on participant choice.

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COMPTON PLEDGE

Over the course of two years, the Compton Pledge will provide 800 low-income residents with unconditional cash installments, delivering urgent relief to Compton families in the wake of COVID-19’s devastation. The Fund for Guaranteed Income has built a solution for governments to disburse cash to program participants of the Compton Pledge. This platform can easily be rolled out to other city residents, as well as to other cities which wish to disburse cash transfers at scale. One Fair Wage, Essie Justice Group, Black Lives Matter, Brotherhood Crusade, and A New Way of Life are among the advisers to the Compton Pledge, which was passed as a local resolution of the BREATHE Act.

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DENVER BASIC INCOME PROJECT

Denver is poised to become the first city in the United States to study the impact of providing direct cash assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness. We will be studying the impact of direct cash assistance in an RCT with a total population of 650 people: 200 will receive and one-time lump sum; 200 will receive monthly installments and there will be a control group of 250. We plan to do a soft launch on July 1 with a group of 15 individuals and will launch the full program Sept 1.

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EVANSTON EQUITABLE RECOVERY FUND

UpTogether/The Family Independence Initiative (FII) launched the Evanston Equitable Recovery Fund, a privately funded initiative to provide 25 Evanston qualified residents with a $300 per month payment for 10 months. The Evanston City Council and Economic Security for Illinois (ESIL) both issued support of the initiative. Key to the initiative is that there are no requirements for how recipients must spend their money – recipients can spend it as they choose.

FAMILY GOAL FUND

LIFT is a national profit providing coaching services to families in Chicago, DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Across our four sites, families receive $150 unrestricted cash transfers every three months they continue in our program, for up to two years. Our program and cash transfer supports aim to accelerate families’ progress towards their self-named career, education, and financial mobility goals. Key metrics of success: income gains, educational persistence and completion, and financial outcomes (savings behavior, debt reduction, credit building, etc.)

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FAMILY HEALTH PROJECT

Family Health Project has undertaken a simple, replicable program to help new mothers and their babies facing life without enough money, providing new mothers with $400 per month for 36 months without condition.

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IMMIGRANT FAMILIES RECOVERY PROGRAM 

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) has launched a UBI+ program to help 3,000 low-income immigrant families across the country rebuild their financial lives in the wake of the pandemic. IFRP is the largest guaranteed income program designed for immigrant families who have been excluded from federal COVID-19 relief. Participating families receive $400 in direct cash each month for up to two years. To build back faster, families also receive timely and relevant financial services from MAF to support their recovery, including one-on-one financial coaching and group-based financial education workshops, all with a self-advocacy lens to put learnings into action. In true partnership, MAF is engaging with families throughout the program, learning firsthand the financial tools and strategies families are using to weather this crisis. MAF is sharing these insights with the field in real time to advocate for policies that can better support immigrant families in their recovery.

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JUST INCOME GNV

Just Income GNV is a guaranteed income project in Alachua County, Florida, providing temporary, unconditional monthly payments directly to people who have been impacted by the justice system – no strings attached. This pilot is designed and administered by formerly incarcerated people. We believe a guaranteed income can mitigate known barriers to successful reentry and unlock the inherent potential of our justice-impacted neighbors. 115 justice-impacted people were randomly selected from our applicant pool to receive $1,000 in the first month, followed by $600 a month for the next eleven months.

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LEFT BEHIND WORKERS FUND

The Left Behind Workers Fund aims to provide financial assistance to workers in Colorado who won’t receive stimulus checks or other Federal financial aid. Dispersing payments of $1,000 to those impacted by the pandemic, the fund works with trusted non-profit partners that specifically serve lower-wage workers and undocumented immigrants. The fund distributes cash grants to individuals and families across the state, using flexible payment options for both banked and unbanked individuals.

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MIRACLE MONEY

Miracle Money is a UBI program for people experiencing homelessness. Our initial pilot is distributing $500/month for six months to 15 unhoused neighbors in the SF Bay Area. Each Miracle Money recipient is paired with a volunteer friend for weekly phone calls and texts.

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MOMENTUM

MOMentum is a countywide pilot that MCF is launching in May 2021 which leverages the input from the Moms and combines it with deep expertise from local, state and national nonprofits and county partners. Participants (125 Low-income Moms) will receive $1,000 per month for 24 months, plus access to the UpTogether platform for networking with other moms, mutual support, information and resources sharing. This pilot is designed to give Moms an opportunity for greater independence over their lives, their finances and the future for them and their children. MOMentum is 100% funded by philanthropic donations.

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NCJWLA GUARANTEED INCOME PROJECT

The National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles Guaranteed Income Project is focused on supporting female-identifying healthcare workers/caregivers in Los Angeles City Council District 13. The cohort will be 12 participants who will receive $1000 a month for 12 months. We have targeted women who earn between 50-80% of area median income as we believe that the financial support of guaranteed income will allow this cohort/community to move past some of their financial/economic struggles towards stronger financial stability and confidence.

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PROJECT SOLID GROUND AT AVIVO

The Nancy Somers Family Foundation facilitated funding for a pilot providing $1000 monthly for 15 individuals through a local anti-poverty non-profit, Avivo. The pilot began amid the urgency of the pandemic in 2020 and included low income individuals who were unhoused, challenged by mental illness and/or enrolled in a career training program at Avivo; it will extend for 1 year. The group aims to expand the initiative as “Project Solid Ground” at Avivo, pending future funding.

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THE RESTORATIVE REENTRY FUND

The Restorative Reentry Fund is one of the first guaranteed income programs for people returning home after incarceration. The population of focus is Black and Brown adults who are formerly incarcerated and reside in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, California. Recipients will receive $500 in unconditional cash per month for at least 12 months. Each recipient will have access to a peer advocate who is formerly incarcerated and has deep on-the-ground knowledge of the community and local resources. Our goal is to expand the program throughout the San Francisco Bay Area while exploring what level of cash assistance creates time, peace of mind, and freedom for people to pursue opportunities that lead to fulfillment and wealth building.

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SOLIDARITY FUND

The Solidarity Fund is designed to provide financial assistance and mentorship to workers engaged in workplace organizing and activism, especially those facing retaliation from their employers. In the age of COVID-19, Coworker.org partnered with workers in the tech industry to launch a pilot fund for people in the tech industry and its supply chains (e.g. gig workers, warehouse workers, and others) who are organizing for safer, more just, and more equitable jobs and workplaces. As of October, 2021, the Fund has distributed $125,000 in $2,500 stipends to 50 people engaged in workplace activism and organizing in the tech industry and its supply chain. Recipients include rideshare drivers, software engineers, and warehouse and delivery workers from over 16 states.

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THRIVING PROVIDERS PROJECT

This program will be piloted in multiple locations. Selected family, friend and neighbor providers/caregivers will receive direct cash payments for one year or more. Providers and caregivers will also receive peer and professional support that reduces isolation, increases access to other resources and builds wealth. This initiative will test methods to determine the level of sufficiency of payment and consistency to create stability of care, and assess the impact of stable funding on the availability and quality of care offered to children and families.

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YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Guaranteed Income Pilot will provide $1,000 monthly cash relief payments for six months to 130 eligible San Francisco artists.

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ZERO BABIES HOMELESS

The Zero Babies Homeless demonstration project will focus on low-income pregnant women and mothers with infants in NYC who are experiencing or expect to experience housing instability. If a mother qualifies, they will be randomly assigned to the experimental program group or to control group. Both groups will receive usual HOMEBASE homeless prevention services. In addition, the experimental program participants will be offered the monthly $1,000 cash transfer from their second trimester until their baby is 2 years old. The primary outcome measures are the number of families entering shelter and the number of days in shelter.

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