Launched in March 2022, Durham's Guaranteed Income Pilot or Excel, provides 109 formerly incarcerated individuals with $600 per month for one year. Excel is a partnership between the City of Durham and StepUp Durham, a workforce development agency focused on employment training, placement and retention services for individuals with challenges to employment. 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. The objective of Durham’s guaranteed income or Excel Pilot Program is to evaluate guaranteed income’s effects on recidivism and re-incarceration, employment, economic security, and income volatility, as well as physical functioning, mental health, stress, and coping, parenting, housing, and interactions with other institutional systems.
Individual/household means-testing and demographic
Individuals who have been released from prison (NC State prison, a prison in another state, or federal prison) within the last 5 years prior to application, returning to a Durham address (City or County), and with an income below 60% Durham-Chapel Hill AMI.