How the Bay Area’s New Guaranteed Income Pilots Level the Playing Field

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The idea of a guaranteed income (GI) — an unconditional, monthly cash payment as a solution to inequality and poverty — is easy to grasp, but, until recently, advocates in California had few local case studies to which to point to to prove its effectiveness. This year, however, Stockton celebrated the completion of its two-year GI pilot project that gave 125 randomly selected residents $500 per month, resulting in reduced income volatility, increased rates of full-time employment and improved physical and mental health. Now, several places around the Bay Area, including Marin County, Oakland and San Francisco, are following suit with GI projects of their own. Come learn all about how these new initiatives, including how they're funded, the metrics by which their success will be gauged and how they might serve as progenitors for more expansive programs around the Bay Area.

Co-presented by New America CA.

+ Sophie Dover / UpTogether
+ Aly Bonde / Oakland Thrives
+ Johnathan Logan / Marin Community Foundation
+ Jacob Denney / SPUR




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