In 1967, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. touted guaranteed income as “the most effective” method of eradicating poverty.
The civil rights leader called it a “moral obligation” of the nation.
“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age,” King wrote in his 1967 book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”.
Gary, IN Current Unemployment – 15.1%
The Guaranteed Income Validation Effort
The Guaranteed Income Validation Effort, or GIVE, is Indiana’s first mayor-led guaranteed income initiative.
A collaboration between the Office of Mayor Jerome A Prince, Aimwell Marketplace Ministries, Force For Good Community Development Corporation, Centers for Guaranteed Income Research, Teachers Credit Union and the Mayors For Guaranteed Income Pilot that has reached 36 Cities across the nation, GIVE aims to test a simple, yet innovative, the solution to poverty and inequality.
With a possible 6 month extension, if qualified.
In Spring 2021, we will begin gifting 100 randomly selected Gary residents a guaranteed income of $500 per month for 12 months, with the possibility of an additional six months. The cash is unconditional, meaning there are no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent.
Gary, IN Residents
18+ years old
Income eligibility requirement of at or below $35,000.
Gary residents will be mailed a recruitment letter containing a link to an application survey
Participants will be selected randomly
Why Start This Project?
The question we all face now is not whether our country has an inequality problem but what we will do to address it. We see the rich getting richer and the poor left hopelessly behind. The current social safety net fails to provide the economic security it purports and must be enhanced for the 21st century. One in three Gary residents still live in poverty, and many more live paycheck-to-paycheck, struggling to stay afloat. The stakes are simply too high for the single mother working two jobs and still living below the poverty line; for the man who spends four hours commuting daily for a job that doesn’t cover his rent – for us to not try something new. It is in this reality that the Guaranteed Income Validation Effort (GIVE) is proposed.
GIVE is born out of the simple belief that the best investments we can make are in our people.
Imagine this: It is September 2021. The GIVE Project is up and running. The GIVE project is able to provide 200 families in the City of Gary currently living under the poverty line with a guaranteed income of $500 per month for the next 18 months. Imagine the impact this might have on those families. Imagine the impact this might have on the surrounding community. Imagine the impact this might have on the businesses in that community. Imagine the dent this could make in POVERTY in the City of Gary.
A hand-up, rather than a hand-out, GIVE seeks to empower its recipients financially and prove to supporters and skeptics alike that poverty results from a lack of cash, not a lack of character.