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Rise Up Alameda


  • Alameda, Calif., launched a two-year guaranteed income pilot, Rise Up Alameda, to help reduce economic instability for participants, and to change the policy conversation about poverty.
  • Abt will use survey research to evaluate the program.
  • Results will be available in 2026.
The Challenge

Rising income inequality and inflation have left many residents of Alameda, Calif., struggling financially. To demonstrate the effects of unrestricted cash benefits for low-income residents, the city of Alameda launched a pilot to provide select residents who earn less than 50 percent of the area median income with a guaranteed income. The project, Rise Up Alameda, will provide 150 residents with $1,000 a month for two years.

The Approach

Abt will use survey methods to evaluate Rise up Alameda: participants were selected at random. Abt will periodically survey participants and a control group (comprised of applicants) until six months after payments stop.

The Results

Results will be available in 2026.

Our Experts

Haisheng Yang, Ph.D.

Haisheng Yang, Ph.D.

Sarah Prenovitz

Sarah Prenovitz, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
Hannah Thomas

Hannah Thomas, Ph.D.

Principal Associate