Pittsburgh City Council passed a guaranteed basic income pilot that will give 200 people $500 a month.
In Pittsburgh, it’s called ACE, or the Assured Cash Experiment.
Two hundred low-income individuals will get $500 a month for two years, including 100 African American women and another 100 individuals of any race and gender randomly selected from low-income zip codes (15204, 15208, 15210, 15214, and 15219).
Pittsburgh will use $2.5 million from the American Rescue Plan to fund this project.
“Guaranteed basic income has happened in other cities. Other cities have used their ARP funding to do this pilot,” Lindsay Powell, the Mayor’s deputy chief of staff, told City Council on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh joins a couple dozen cities experimenting with guaranteed cash assistance, and the early results are promising, says Michele Abbott, who will run the Pittsburgh program.