Moving Forward Together

Guaranteed Income

San Diego for Every Child

“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

San Diego families were working hard and struggling long before the pandemic. In fact, roughly 40% of children in San Diego County were living in households earning $52,500 or less per year – making it impossible to make ends meet. Rent, childcare, groceries and health care costs quickly exhaust the budget, not to mention when a family faces an unplanned expense like a car or home repair or a medical emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges.

That is why Jewish Family Service, in partnership with San Diego for Every Child, has launched the region’s first Guaranteed Income Project, with the goal of significantly reducing the experience of child poverty and creating an income floor that lifts families up and out of poverty. In cities nationwide, guaranteed income has also proven to improve job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being for families receiving direct cash payments.