Dear Rochester Residents,

Mayor Malik D. Evans is excited to implement the $2.2 million Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot program in the City of Rochester. The GBI program will provide marginalized communities with critical resources and help to close the community’s wealth gap while boosting our residents’ ability to become homeowners. This program will put Rochester on the path to equity and fairness and create a city that is filled with hope and excitement for the future.

Under the GBI program, $500 per month will be provided for one year to up to 175 individuals who live in households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (limited to one person per household). In the second year of the program, the same monthly amount would be provided to a different group of 175 individuals. To be eligible, recipients must be 18 years or older and must be a current resident of the city of Rochester with at least one year of established residency.

Members of the Reparation and Universal Basic Income (RUBI) Committee are currently solidifying selection criteria and the application process.