Council approves guaranteed income trial that will send monthly checks to Austin families

Council approves guaranteed income trial that will send monthly checks to Austin families

Austin City Council members approved a contract for administration of the guaranteed income program in an 8-1 vote. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper) Austin is set to begin a one-year trial run of a program that will provide dozens of local families with $1,000 monthly checks following an 8-1 City Council vote.

The $1.18 million guaranteed income pilot was initially funded in Austin’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget approved last August, and a contract for the finalized program first appeared on council’s agenda in April. The program’s funding, including the monthly payments and administrative costs, comes from the city equity office’s budget.

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