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Notes: Alexandria’s guaranteed income program moves forward, payments start next month

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Last month, Alexandria’s guaranteed income pilot pushed forward into a new phase: 170 applicants (out of 4,149) were selected for the program, with payment scheduled to start in February.

The Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity program (ARISE) will give the 170 participants $500 per month over a 24-month period. Participants must be City of Alexandria residents over 18 and must be at or below 50% of the area median income — for a single-family household, that means an annual income of $49,850.

Applicants selected for the program should start receiving checks by February, according to the city website.

“To gauge the result of this effort, the City will provide case management and engage a research partner,” Mayor Justin Wilson wrote in a newsletter. “Ultimately, the goal of the effort is to improve the economic stability of lower-income families. I am hopeful that the City can also glean lessons from this experiment to better guide how we administer other programs designed to alleviate poverty in the future.”

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