Guaranteed Income Pilot

Information about the City of Alexandria's Guaranteed Income Pilot

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ARISE - The City of Alexandria's Guaranteed Income Pilot

Alexandria City Council voted on July 6, 2021 to support a Guaranteed Income Pilot (GIP) by allocating $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The GIP provides direct, recurring cash payments of $500 a month, with no restrictions on use, to 150 Alexandria households for two years. The payment is unconditional, with no requirements and no restrictions on how it is to be spent. The start date is to be determined.

A research team will evaluate the outcomes to inform decisions on future efforts and policies. Guaranteed income gives recipients more freedom, dignity and self-determination to make choices for their financial well-being. Research shows that when given unrestricted payments, recipients can pull themselves out of poverty and create economic stability for their families. GIPs have also been found to improve health, education and child welfare outcomes. The pilot, known as ARISE-  Alexandria's Recurring Income for Success and Equity- is one way that the City of Alexandria is addressing the longstanding national and institutional problem of the racial income gap.

FAQs - Learn More About ARISE 

Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofit and Community Partners
Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Participants


ARISE Community Information Sessions

City Presentation on the GIP English | Spanish | Arabic | Amharic

Latest Updates 

December 2021 | Update to Participants of the Community Information Sessions


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