Rochester, N.Y. — As her final act in office, Mayor Lovely Warren submitted legislation to Rochester City Council to create a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot program on Wednesday.
Two- year pilot would provide $500 per month to 175 families that live at or below the federal poverty level. The next year a different set of 175 families would be given $500 per month.
The pilot program would cost $2.2 million.
“The quickest path for Rochester families to escape poverty and build generational wealth is through the establishment of a guaranteed basic income,” said Mayor Warren. “While the City alone cannot achieve this goal for all of our families, we can demonstrate the powerful impact that a guaranteed basic income would provide. My hope is that a successful pilot would spur our community’s non-profits, private donors and, ultimately, other levels of government, to embrace this effort and make guaranteed basic income a cornerstone in our efforts to achieve equity.”
The proposed legislation will be considered by city council in December.