Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

About Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

In September of 2020, Mayor Schewel joined Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), a network of mayors across the country committed to advancing local pilots and the national conversation around guaranteed income. A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. This monthly, cash payment to individuals is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and be a tool to close the racial and gender income gap. It is MGI’s belief that these direct, recurring cash payments will lift all of our communities and build a more resilient, just America. Since its establishment in June 2020, the coalition has created a significant increase in support for guaranteed income policy across the country.

About Durham's Pilot Program

We support such a policy because we believe that ongoing direct cash payments can have the dual effect of stabilizing families and stimulating the local economy; that families are best positioned to know their needs and cash transfer programs that come with no strings attached give families the agency they need to address them; and that a guaranteed income is part of a wider set of policies needed in our country to address rising income inequality. Our vision in embarking on this demonstration project in coalition with cities across the county is to strengthen a national value that declares there exists a floor beneath which we will allow no person to fall simply by virtue of their humanity. American cities are laboratories of democracy, and that it is incumbent upon cities to help advance and build evidence in support of transformative new approaches that hold promise for future generations. Durham's pilot program focusing on formerly incarcerated individuals is currently being planned for an official launch in Fall 2021. 

If you have questions about this pilot program, please contact Amber Wade, Assistant to Mayor Steve Schewel, at

  1. Request for Proposals

Released April 14, 2021

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The City of Durham is issuing a request for proposals to identify a program administrator for its Guaranteed Income Pilot. Ideally, the successful applicant has previous experience working with justice-involved individuals and re-entry supports. The successful applicant for the pilot program will also have demonstrated capacity to provide a range of implementation services related to the GI pilot program, including but not limited to outreach and recruitment, applicant intake and determining eligibility, communications, media, and branding, fundraising, and stakeholder management.

Request for Proposal Summary (PDF)

Request for Proposals (RFP) Durham Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Administrator (PDF) 

 Date(s) & Time(s)


 April 14, 2021

RFP Issued

 April 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Pre-Proposal Application Workshop (held virtually via Zoom)

 April 23 - April 28, 2021

Written Questions and Response Period

 April 30, 2021

Written Questions and Responses Posted

 May 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Proposal Applications Due

 May 17-21, 2021

Evaluation of Proposals Period

 Week of May 31st

Notification of Ineligible Proposals 

 Week of May 31st

Notification Issued of Selected and Non-Selected Firms

 July 2021

Anticipated Execution of Contract

Proposal applications should be submitted as via email in PDF format to by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  Late proposal applications will not be considered and deemed ineligible.

Pre-Proposal Application Workshop Presentation (PDF)

Addendum No.1 Request for Proposals Durham Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Administrator (PDF)