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Mountain View accepts $100,000 grant for universal basic income program

The Mountain View City Council accepted a $100,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to put toward the city's universal basic income pilot program. Photo by Sammy Dallal

Mountain View's guaranteed basic income pilot program will live to see another year, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant secured by the city from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Mountain View City Council officially accepted the grant funding at its June 14 meeting.

"I would just like to say thank you to the Community Foundation for that grant and also congratulations to the Mountain View staff for getting us that grant," City Councilmember Pat Showalter said at the meeting. "This is the first time I can remember that we've gotten a grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation, particularly in this magnitude."

The Elevate MV universal basic income program provides extremely low-income Mountain View families and caregivers with at least one child under age 18 with $500 monthly cash payments for at least a year. The pilot program will be limited to 166 randomly selected qualifying recipients, the city said in a statement, and applications for the pilot program will open in mid-to-late summer.

Mayor Lucas Ramirez expressed his appreciation for the Foundation's support.

"Only through a collaborative effort can we as a community reduce poverty and help families thrive," Ramirez said in a city statement.

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation Executive Vice President of Community Action, Policy and Strategy Gina D. Dalma commended the city for its effort.

“We know that programs like these are effective in building pathways for our hard-working neighbors—those whose shoulders our communities stand on—to have the financial security they need to thrive and succeed," Dalma said in the city statement.

Also discussed during the June 14 meeting, the city council will allocate a proposed $1.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds toward the universal basic income program in its 2022-23 budget.

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Mountain View accepts $100,000 grant for universal basic income program

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Uploaded: Wed, Jun 15, 2022, 1:51 pm

Mountain View's guaranteed basic income pilot program will live to see another year, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant secured by the city from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Mountain View City Council officially accepted the grant funding at its June 14 meeting.

"I would just like to say thank you to the Community Foundation for that grant and also congratulations to the Mountain View staff for getting us that grant," City Councilmember Pat Showalter said at the meeting. "This is the first time I can remember that we've gotten a grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation, particularly in this magnitude."

The Elevate MV universal basic income program provides extremely low-income Mountain View families and caregivers with at least one child under age 18 with $500 monthly cash payments for at least a year. The pilot program will be limited to 166 randomly selected qualifying recipients, the city said in a statement, and applications for the pilot program will open in mid-to-late summer.

Mayor Lucas Ramirez expressed his appreciation for the Foundation's support.

"Only through a collaborative effort can we as a community reduce poverty and help families thrive," Ramirez said in a city statement.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Executive Vice President of Community Action, Policy and Strategy Gina D. Dalma commended the city for its effort.

“We know that programs like these are effective in building pathways for our hard-working neighbors—those whose shoulders our communities stand on—to have the financial security they need to thrive and succeed," Dalma said in the city statement.

Also discussed during the June 14 meeting, the city council will allocate a proposed $1.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds toward the universal basic income program in its 2022-23 budget.

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Nora S.
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Rex Manor
on Jun 15, 2022 at 11:14 pm
Nora S., Rex Manor
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on Jun 15, 2022 at 11:14 pm

Hmm, let's see: $500 times 12 months times 166 families equals $996,000. But the program budget is $1.4 million. So it takes $404,000 to dole out $996,000. That means that the administrative overhead of the program is 29% of the cost of the program. Compare that to federal programs like SSI, SNAP, school lunch vouchers, housing vouchers, or Medicaid—these all spend less than 8% of their budget on administration. Why is our local program so inefficient?


Jed
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Jackson Park
on Jun 18, 2022 at 9:46 am
Jed, Jackson Park
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on Jun 18, 2022 at 9:46 am

I’m delighted at the news of the grant, but I’m a little confused by the first sentence of the article. It says “Mountain View's guaranteed basic income pilot program will live to see another year.” Does that mean that this grant will fund the program for an additional year beyond its original schedule? _Voice_, can you clarify what that sentence means?


Ok
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Sylvan Park
on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:46 am
Ok, Sylvan Park
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:46 am

If “program will be limited to 166 randomly selected” it cannot be “universal”. What a stupid waste of money.


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