The concept of a UBI (universal basic income) is one that has circulated for many years. Politicians and economists have discussed the idea of UBI for reasons like AI impacting the job market. While the U.S. is a long way from implementing this nationally, there are some cities with guaranteed minimum income.
Cities are experimenting with some form of guaranteed income, generally for one to two years. While a purely “universal” basic income would pay the same amount to everyone regardless of economic circumstances, the cities listed here are piloting these programs for a select population.
Some U.S. cities have guaranteed minimum income programs as of 2022.
Birmingham, Ala.: Embrace Mothers provides $375 monthly for 12 months to female-identifying heads of household caring for at least one child.
Alaska: All Alaska residents may apply for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, which is an annual payment.
Phoenix, Ariz.: $1,000 monthly to about 1,000 families for 12 months.
Denver, Colo.: It’s starting a basic income program for people experiencing homelessness in 2022.
Gainesville, Fla.: This program is for Alachua County residents who have been in prison. The payment is $1,000 initially and $600 monthly for 11 months after that.
Gary, Ind.: $500 monthly to 100 residents for up to 18 months.
New Orleans, La.: $350 monthly to young people in a financial literacy program.
Shreveport, La.: $600 monthly for a year to 100 single parents or legal guardians of school-aged children.
Columbia, S.C.: $500 monthly to eligible fathers
Alexandria, Va.: $500 monthly for 24 months
Richmond, Va.: $500 monthly for a year to end in 2022.
Tacoma, Wash.: $500 monthly for one year.
Washington, D.C.: $900 monthly to new parents and pregnant women in certain wards.
Wisconsin: Programs in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau aren't finalized but may be in development.
The state of California has several cities trying these programs: Compton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Mountain View, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, County of Santa Clara, and South San Francisco.
Hudson, Ithaca, Mount Vernon, and Ulster County have started guaranteed minimum income programs in New York.