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.
Tacoma’s guaranteed income demonstration, called GRIT (Growing Resilience In Tacoma), is the natural evolution of work already being undertaken in our community to dismantle poverty.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, 40% of Tacoma households were struggling to make ends meet. We call these families ALICE because they are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed. The pandemic only worsened these percentages, with many more families facing unemployment, possible eviction and hunger.
GRIT will be additive to the local, regional and national efforts aimed at improving child welfare, reforming childcare systems, supporting affordable housing initiatives, advancing economic empowerment and reducing poverty.
GRIT will provide 110 families facing poverty a monthly stipend of $500 for 12 months. Participants were randomly selected from a pool of qualified individuals. Qualified individuals are:
·City of Tacoma Residents currently residing in Eastside (98404), Hilltop (98405), South Tacoma (98409) or the South End (98408)
·Single income households with children living in the home up to age 17, children with disabilities up to age 21.
·Meet the Alice definition: Asset Limited, Income Constrained while Employed. ALICE households income is between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
UPDATE: GRIT is underway. The first payment of unrestricted $500 was sent to 110 Tacoma families on December 15, 2021. These 110 families will receive $500 on the 15th of every month through November 2022. In the coming month, our independent researchers at the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania will be notifying our control group of 132 individuals who will not be receiving the $500 but will be answering survey questions. Click here (https://www.uwpc.org/grit-faqs) for more information on our research.