Mayor Adrian Perkins has joined Mayors for Guaranteed Income, a coalition of more than 50 mayors from across the country to put forth a pilot program to test the effects and outcomes of guaranteed income. Mayors for a Guaranteed Income supports an income floor to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and serve as a tool for racial and gender equity.
Shreveport’s Guaranteed Income Program will provide monthly, recurring cash payments given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work or education requirements. The program is not universal but is designed to target a specific population.
How many Shreveport residents will receive guaranteed income?
The Shreveport Guaranteed Income pilot program will serve 110 households for one year. That scope, while enormously significant to participants, does not meet the needs of our entire community. The goal of the Shreveport Guaranteed Income pilot program is to display the positive effects and outcomes of guaranteed income and to be used to advocate for similar programs at the state and federal level.
How much is the monthly stipend?
The monthly stipend is $660.00 per selected household.
Who is eligible to receive guaranteed income through this pilot?
Shreveport residents who are single parents with an income below 120% of the Federal Poverty level will be eligible and encouraged to apply to participate in this pilot. We are defining a single parent as a mother, father, stepparent, grandparent, caregiver, or legal guardian with a school-age child (Defined as a child at least 3 years old and less than 20 years old as of August 2021). The resident must be functionally single, whether married or unmarried. If unmarried, the resident cannot be living with a partner.
Applicants selected will be informed after approximately three weeks from the close of the application.
How will Shreveport choose who receives the guaranteed income?
An outside, independent entity will conduct a lottery to select participants from the eligible pool of applicants. Once participants are selected, a second lottery will sort eligible applicants. Participants will be randomly selected into an “treatment intervention group,” and a “control group,.” or a non-participant group. The intervention group will receive the guaranteed income. The control group will NOT receive the guaranteed income, but will be invited to participate in future research activities. The control group allows us to understand the impact of guaranteed income over time amongst two similar groups of people: one who receives guaranteed income and one who does not. People assigned to the non-participant group will not receive a guaranteed income through the program and will not be invited to participate in any further research activities.
Will guaranteed income influence other benefits?
The City of Shreveport and our partners are working closely with the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, the Federal Reserve, and other organizations to keep guaranteed income from impacting other benefits such as Child Care Assistance, SNAP, and emergency rental assistance. We will have a link where a benefit calculator will be made available during the application period to determine potential impact as well as financial counselors available to determine if any participants’ benefits will be impacted.
Who designed the Shreveport Guaranteed Income Pilot Program?
The City of Shreveport conducted extensive community outreach to design this program led by Mayor Adrian Perkins. Organizations engaged include the Office of Community Development, United Way of Northwest Louisiana through the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation, and many others.
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- The application period ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 17.
- The United Way of Northwest Louisiana Financial Empowerment Center will accept walk-ins from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday – Thursday and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday to help with applications.
- In-person assistance will be provided from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on January 11 at Airport Park Recreation Center and 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on January 13 at the David Raines Recreation Center.