Phoenix is trying a guaranteed income program. This advocate says it misses the mark

Published: Monday, October 4, 2021 - 1:40pm
Updated: Monday, October 4, 2021 - 1:45pm
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The Phoenix City Council recently approved the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Program. It’ll provide $1,000 a month to about 1,000 low-income families living in the city for a year.

The money will come from federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

The program is something of an experiment in applying a guaranteed income, which Aisha Nyandoro defines as being targeted to a specific subset of the population — often residents with income volatility. She contrasts that with a universal basic income, which means everyone gets money, regardless of income.

Nyandoro helped establish a similar program in Jackson, Mississippi, which is going on its third year. She’s also the chief executive officer of Springboard To Opportunities, an affordable housing nonprofit in Jackson

The Show spoke with her to learn her thoughts on the new program in Phoenix.

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