The Chicago Future Fund (November 2023)

Chicago Future Fund: An Intervention into Systemic Inequalities

In 2021, Equity and Transformation launched the Chicago Future Fund, one of the first guaranteed income programs exclusively for formerly incarcerated individuals in the nation. While the program is currently in its second round with 100 recipients, this report focuses on the impactful findings from the first round, where EAT provided $500/month for 18 months to 30 system-impacted residents of West Garfield Park. The assessment was documented through monthly surveys and periodic interviews.

The Center for Guaranteed Income (September 2023)

The American Guaranteed Income Studies: Ulster County, New York

The Center for Guaranteed Income's final report on Ulster County, NY—who were the first county to experiment with GI during the pandemic! CGIR conducted a mixed-methods study to better understand the relationship between guaranteed income (GI) and study participants’ financial well-being, sense of self, quality of life, pathways and barriers to well-being, perspectives on work, and the possibility of upward mobility. This report is the first in our series entitled, “The American Guaranteed Income Studies.” They will be releasing full mixed-methods findings across a range of sites in the coming months under this series.

KQED (2023)

Concord Launches Guaranteed Income Pilot As Programs Gain Traction In The Bay Area

Concord has joined a growing list of Bay Area cities testing guaranteed income programs. The East Bay city’s model will provide 120 families with $500 a month for a year. More than 20 similar pilot programs have sprung up in the Bay Area in the last few years after more state and local officials allocated money to fund them. That has made California a hotbed for guaranteed income experiments. Advocates say that “no-strings attached” funding puts participants on a path to financial security because they often use the money to cover basic necessities, pay off debt, and build up savings. We’ll talk about the latest guaranteed income programs, what we’ve learned from the pilots, and how state support is changing local experiments. Guests: Natalie Foster, Jessica Travenia, Julia Quintero, and Amy Castro.

Arlington Community Foundation (2023)

Earning More But Getting Poorer: The Benefits Cliff Effect in Arlington, Virginia

This is the story of "Sandra", a single mother in Arlington, VA doing everything she can to keep her and her family from falling off the "Benefits Cliff." The Benefits Cliff refers to the drop off in eligibility for subsidies for health care, food, child care, transportation or housing that low-income families experience with even a minor rise in earnings. The loss of the subsidies mean the worker has to refuse the raise or better-paying job to avoid making their family worse off.

The Center on Budget and Policy Proposals (2021)

Memo: Streamlined Rental Assistance Payment Demonstration

Policymakers are considering measures to sharply expand the housing voucher program, including President Biden’s proposal to make vouchers available to every eligible family. This memo proposes a demonstration testing streamlined delivery of rental assistance through electronic payments administered by state agencies that administer housing vouchers or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other benefits for people with low incomes. (State agencies that don’t administer housing vouchers would in some cases partner with local public housing agencies that administer vouchers today.)

TedWomen 2023

Aisha Nyandoro’s Ted Talk: What does “wealth” mean to you?

For people living in poverty, a guaranteed income can mean finally having the space to dream of a comfortable life. Sharing the stories of single moms who participated in a first-of-its-kind program that offered them $1,000 per month with no strings attached, poverty disrupter Aisha Nyandoro calls for us to redefine what it means to be wealthy — putting aside lavish vacations and fancy cars in favor of paid bills and a well-fed family — and to listen when people tell us what they need most.

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