An estimated one in four Boulder households does not have enough income to meet basic needs. This is true even for people who work and receive food, healthcare and housing benefits. COVID-19 and rising costs of living. disproportionately affects low-income community members.
To help address this problem, Boulder City Council approved $3 Million to design and implement a guaranteed income pilot as part of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
Boulder is a member of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, which provides access to resources, best practices and research results from existing guaranteed income pilot projects. Assisting the city with Elevate Boulder project tasks are consultants Impact Charitable, OMNI Institute and AidKit, and local nonprofit organizations serving low-income community members.