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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf outlines universal income program on The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro.
“The big picture goal is to advanced a guaranteed income policy, preferably at the federal level and that would be for everyone who needs it,” said Schaaf explaining the program.
Poverty is not a personal failure, it’s a policy failure. Today in Oakland we launched a guaranteed income pilot for 600 low-income BIPOC families to receive $500 a month for 18 months, no strings. We want to change the narrative. pic.twitter.com/78fDjUj4G1
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) March 23, 2021
“Boosted by Stockton’s results, our goal is to add to the body of evidence that unrestricted cash to our lowest-income residents – and particularly those who’ve suffered from historical racial inequity – can improve outcomes + change systems.” Schaaf continued to tweet.
The program is being paid for by the city of Oakland and from private donations from Blue Meridian Partners, a philanthropic organization focused on poverty. Thus far, the organization has raised more then $6.7 million, 80% of which will go directly to residents. The SF Chronicle explained, The Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit based in Oakland focused on fighting poverty, will run the program, which will begin with East Oakland residents before opening applications to other parts of the city.
“Our vision is an Oakland that has closed the racial wealth gap and where all families thrive,” Schaaf said of the Oakland Resilient Families program. “We believe that guaranteed income is the most transformative policy that can achieve this vision and whose time has come.”
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Listen to the full conversation between Schaaf and Medoro below.