“Poverty Is Not A Personal Failure, It Is A Policy Failure” Oakland To Launch Guaranteed Income

  • The Californian city of Oakland will launch one of the United States’s largest “guaranteed income” pilot schemes, selecting 600 families of color to each receive $500 per month with no strings attached, officials said.
  • Part of a nationwide network of trials championing direct cash payments as a simple and efficient way to tackle poverty, the scheme will randomly select participating families from eligible applicants. They must be low-income Oakland households who are members of a racial minority with at least one child.
  • “We are focused on families of color, people of color, because there is such a racial wealth gap in Oakland — white incomes are three times that of the median Black income,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told CBS on Wednesday. “Poverty is not a personal failure, it is a policy failure,” she added.

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