Austin approves pilot program to provide guaranteed income to low-income families

Austin approves pilot program to provide guaranteed income to low-income families

Austin City Council approved a taxpayer-funded pilot program to give selected families and individuals $1,000 a month for an entire year — with no strings attached.

The city is partnering with the California-based nonprofit UpTogether to distribute over $1.18 million to 85 families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. The goal of the guaranteed-income program would be to help with utility payments, rent, child care or other out-of-reach necessities.

The city’s Equity Office and the Urban Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, will study the program’s effectiveness. After the yearlong pilot, the city could repeat the program.A vote on the measure […]

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