As the United States emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are focusing on sustained recovery efforts. Many philanthropic and government institutions are interested in understanding the impact of unrestricted monthly cash payments. Guaranteed income provides a unique opportunity to study the effects of unrestricted capital, while also highlighting the importance of community connections for improved financial and emotional well-being.
E-TANF beneficiaries are parents who have received TANF benefits for at least 60 months and experience circumstances that prevent them from securing and maintaining full-time employment.
All E-TANF beneficiaries who participate in the Work Ready workforce development program administered by JEVS Human Services.
Residents in the city of in Philadelphia
The city of Philadelphia selected researchers aimed at contributing to the nationwide movement dedicated to advancing recovery and long-term economic mobility for those most impacted by the pandemic and entrenched poverty. Their approach emphasizes people’s strengths and agency, while honoring the role of community. To accomplish this, they enrolled fifty-one participants from the JEVS Work Ready program; which provides employment-oriented services to individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, into a new guaranteed income pilot program. There’s an additional 250 expected in the control group for research study . The City of Philadelphia aims to learn how community, capital, and choice compare to traditional benefit programs in promoting family stability and mobility.
51 E-TANF recipients
250 E-TANF recipients
sent out in total
payments for one year