TCC students and employees: How much could an additional $500 per month for 12 months improve your life?
The City of Tacoma is accepting applicants for the Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT) program demonstration from 10 a.m. Aug. 9 – 11:59 p.m. Aug. 16.
Part of a national project, GRIT is a first-of-its-kind guaranteed income demonstration in Tacoma. Participants may receive $500 a month for 12 months as a supplement to their income and public benefits. They will take part in surveys to help determine the impact these funds make over time.
A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached. It’s meant to supplement, rather than replace, income and benefits.
GRIT is a collaborative effort between the City of Tacoma, United Way of Pierce County and the Mayor’s Guaranteed Income (MGI) Network. Planning partners also include: Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Sound Outreach, Tacoma Urban League and Tacoma Housing Authority.
Who is Eligible?
- City of Tacoma Residents currently residing in Eastside (98404), Hilltop (98405), South Tacoma (98409) and the South End (98408).
- Single parent or guardian households with children living in the home up to age 17, children with disabilities up to age 21.
- Meet the Alice definition: Asset Limited, Income Constrained while Employed. ALICE households costs are between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
|Number of People in Household|
|200 % FPL||$25,760||$34,840||$43,920||$53,000||$62,080||$71,160||$80,240||$98,320|
|100 % FPL||$12,880||$17,420||$21,960||$26,500||$31,040||$35,580||$40,120||$44,660|
How it Works
Participants will be randomly selected from a pool of qualified individuals by researchers from the Center for Guaranteed Income Research. Participants will be randomly placed into one of three groups:
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
|One group will be randomly selected to get $500 per month for 12 months directly deposited into a personal account. This group will complete surveys and interviews to help us understand how guaranteed income works. This group will be paid $30 on a gift card for each survey they complete.||This group will not get the monthly $500 stipend. This group will complete surveys and interviews to help us understand how guaranteed income works. This group will be paid $30 on a gift card for each survey they complete.||This group will not get the monthly $500 stipend.|