Guaranteed Income Mayor: Houston launches Guaranteed Income pilot program to help impoverished residents

HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced May 19 alongside the Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity a year-long guaranteed income pilot program designed to help impoverished residents.

According to a May 19 press release, the program runs in partnership with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a coalition of more than 60 mayors committed to promoting a federally guaranteed income with direct recurring cash payments to the poor and middle class.

A total of 110 program participants receive $375 per month, totaling $4,500 per year. According to the press release, the program will distribute the money monthly to individuals in Houston’s most underserved neighborhoods with the “goal of making strides toward a more just and prosperous city.”

In the press release, Turner said many Houstonians in Complete Communities, 10 historically underserved neighborhoods, are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs.

“This pilot can be a game changer for many Houstonians and a small step in deepening justice in this city,” Turner said. “The program is a bridge to access. It creates the opportunity to afford quality transportation, childcare, better housing and healthier food for families. A guaranteed income is a powerful tool with proven results that can help combat economic insecurity.”

The pilot program is aimed at residents who have experienced homelessness, have been involved in the justice system, or have health concerns or other obstacles struggling with income inequality and employment instability, the release said.

The fund was established in 2020 in the wake of social and racial unrest, according to a statement from Gena Jerkins, executive director of the Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity.

“The income pilot program allows the Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity to have an uncompromising focus on empowering marginalized communities through a comprehensive funding approach that includes supporting and partnering with families for positive impact,” Jenkins said.

To qualify for the program, an applicant must be a Houston resident, be at least 18 years of age, and have a household income at or below the federal poverty line. The application deadline is May 25 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants wishing to apply can do so by visiting the Houston Equity Fund website.

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