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Guaranteed Income Pilot Project PresentationGuaranteed Income Pilot Project Update and Input from City Council Study Session May 24,2022 Elizabeth Crowe, Deputy Director, Housing and Human Services Cameron Burns, Deputy Director, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income 1 2. Table of Contents •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space Agenda •Background on Guaranteed Income •Community Needs and Transformation •Proposed Pilot Project Purpose and Outcomes •Proposed Criteria •Community Engagement and Timeline •Discuss Questions for Council 2 2. Table of Contents •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space HHS Mission 3 2. Table of Contents •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space Questions for City Council 1.What, if any, additional outcomes might council want to achieve through a GI pilot project? 2.What additional criteria might council suggest regarding the project structure or partnerships? 3.What suggestions does council have on the proposed approach to community engagement? 4 •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space What is Guaranteed Income? A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. A guaranteed income is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and can be a tool for racial and gender equity. -Mayors for a Guaranteed Income 5 •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space SEED Guaranteed Income Pilot The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED): 125 randomly-selected residents $500/month for two years. No strings attached, no work requirements. Participants consistently spent money primarily on food, groceries/household goods, utilities and auto repair. Participant outcomes included: •reduced income volatility •higher rate of full-time employment •reduced anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue •improved overall health and wellness •increased ability to set goals and take risks SEED (stocktondemonstration.org) 6 Widespread Interest in Guaranteed Income As of April 2022, in the U.S. there are at least 28 U.S. guaranteed income pilot projects in place. Mayors for a Guaranteed Income estimates at least 12 additional pilot projects are likely to launch in 2022-23. 7 About —Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (mayorsforagi.org) Expansion of Guaranteed Income Pilots 8 Guaranteed Income and ARPA Cash transfer is an eligible ARPA expenditure Council approved $250K in ARPA funds for project design City staff intend to request approval for $2.75M to implement Guaranteed income meets COB’s ARPA criteria •Advances economic mobility, racial equity, sustainability, and resilience goals •Demonstrated gap/need created or exacerbated by the pandemic •Leverages engagement opportunities to inform proposal​ •Reflects an innovative approach to addressing needs of community •Leverages funding through partnerships, other sources 9 2. Table of Contents •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space Guaranteed Income Can Help Meet Community Needs •Fills gaps from other forms of basic assistance •Addresses higher costs of living •Responds to ongoing COVID-19 needs identified by city staff, nonprofit agencies, Community Connectors •Can be structured to avoid “benefits cliff” or other unintended burdens •Reduces barriers to assistance for populations who have to prove their poverty for each request 10 •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space Transformative Elements “I didn’t ever think I would be able to receive this kind of help. Receiving this [assistance] made me feel seen, that I mattered. That finally, for the first time, I was recognized in this country.” -Left Behind Workers Fund recipient 11 Gov’t reduces or removes barriers, conditions for financial assistance Community members increasingly feel accepted; trust government to respond equitably Government trusts people to make financial decisions based on what they need Question #1: What, if any, additional outcomes might council want to achieve through a guaranteed income pilot project? 12 2. Table of Contents •Put bullet points in here if you have text. •Ooh / Ahh •Add image or chart to white space ProposedGuaranteed IncomePilot Project Outcomes •Reduced poverty •Increased housing and food security •Increased mental health, physical health and overall wellness •Increased level of employment, or higher wages •Increased academic advancement or achievement •Increased self-determination and feelings of dignity •Increased ability to withstand financial hardship and crisis •Increased level of racial and economic justice •Increased (feelings of) political efficacy amongst vulnerable populations 13 Question #2: What additional criteria might council suggest regarding the project structure or partnerships? 14 Pilot Design and Implementation Criteria •Capture lessons learned from GI pilot project experts and researchers •Strategically utilize city staff; project manager consultant •Undertake a collaborative approach to recruiting and engaging partners •Follow a realistic timeline and milestones •Enable a community task force with diverse perspectives to make recommendations for key project elements •Apply findings from city equity assessments and instruments •Utilize a cash transfer system proven to be efficient and effective •Avoid adverse financial impacts as a result of the cash transfer •Support an inclusive outreach and engagement process •Make use of a robust data collection and evaluation process •Include planning for project sustainability if the pilot advances toward or achieves desired outcomes 15 Question #3: What suggestions does council have on the proposed approach to community engagement? 16 Community Engagement Recommendation 17 Draft Timeline June 2022 •Issue RFP for, and select Project Manager July -Aug 2022: •Recruit partners, Community Task Force Sept –Nov 2022: •Secure partners. Define project elements Conduct community engagement Dec 2022 -Feb 2023: •Open applications. Identify first round participants. Mar 2023: •Begin cash transfer to first round project participants. Through 2026: •Continue project and evaluation based on details TBD. 18 Re-cap Questions for Council: 1.What, if any, additional outcomes might council want to achieve through a guaranteed income pilot project? 2.What additional criteria might council suggest regarding the project structure or partnerships? 3.What suggestions does council have on the proposed approach to community engagement? 19