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Notes: Fairfax County launches new guaranteed income pilot program

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A little less than a year after Alexandria got its guaranteed income program going, neighboring Fairfax County is following suit.

Fairfax County announced last week that an application portal is opening next month for its Economic Mobility Pilot, which provides payment to eligible households, optional financial coaching, and supportive resources. The goal of the program is to promote economic stability and secure social capital for those in need. The pilot will pay $750 to 180 eligible families for 15 months.

The program consists of:

  • A monthly payment of $750 to 180 eligible families for 15 months.
  • Freedom of choice for the families to use the cash as they deem necessary.
  • Optional financial coaching and the opportunity to increase their social networks through virtual or in-person events.

To qualify, applicants must be employed, have one child 16 or younger living in the household, and have an income somewhere between 150% and 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants also, obviously, need to live in Fairfax County.

According to the release:

While Fairfax County is a great place to live, work, learn and play, persistent racial and social inequities remain, which result in significant disparities in community outcomes. To confront these realities, Fairfax County has embraced a vision of One Fairfax: A declaration that all residents deserve an equitable opportunity to succeed.

Alexandria started its equivalent, the Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity program (ARISE), earlier this year. Alexandria’s program gave 170 participants $500 per month over a 24-month period.

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