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

Updated Release

June 15, 2021

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On June 15, 2021 the City of Durham will reissue 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)

June 17, 2021: RFP Workshop Presentation (PDF)

June 22, 2021: Addendum No.1 RFP Durham Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Administrator (PDF)

June 25, 2021: Addendum No.2 RFP Durham Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Administrator (PDF)

Proposal applications should be submitted as via email in PDF format to by Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  Late proposal applications will not be considered and deemed ineligible.