Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost (CLIMB)

Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost (CLIMB) was launched in 2021 by Mayor Stephen Benjamin.

100

participants

$500

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$600,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants100 individuals
Amount$500
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesSeptember 2021-August 2022
EligibilityFathers residing in Columbia and currently or recently enrolled in a program with the Midland Fathers Coalition

About Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost (CLIMB)

Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost (CLIMB) was launched to determine the effectiveness of regular monthly payments to strengthen fathers and families. In partnership with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, CLIMB utilizes one of the most promising tools for addressing poverty, inequity, and family instability: a guaranteed income. CLIMB participants are Columbia residents enrolled in the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. “CLIMB’s guaranteed income monthly payments are designed to provide economic stability and uplift to families, which the Stockton SEED project has shown is pivotal in creating opportunities to escape systemic poverty and thus strengthen communities,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who launched CLIMB when Columbia was designated as one of the initial ten US cities selected to hold guaranteed income projects. “By directly addressing financial insecurity through a guaranteed income, we can better empower fathers and families to invest in themselves and their children.”

Data last updated on 12/20/2022.

Demographic Data for Study Participants

Median Annual Household income

CLIMB

$14,250

Columbia, SC

$56,175

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$17,273

Sample Size

100

Avg. Age of Respondent

40

Avg. Children in Household

2

Avg. Household Size

3

gender

Male

100.00%

Female

0.00%

Other

0.00%

marital status

Married

19.00%

Single

57.00%

Partnered/In-Relationship

24.00%

children in household

Yes

36.00%

No

64.00%

race

White

4.00%

African American

88.00%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.00%

Asian

0.00%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.00%

Latino

0.00%

Other/Mixed

8.00%

ethnicity

Hispanic

0.00%

Non-Hispanic

100.00%

primary language at home

English

100.00%

Spanish

0.00%

Other

0.00%

Economic Context for Pilot Participants

The guaranteed income pilot launched during a period of dynamic change and economic challenges for pilot participants. The chart below situates this pilot in the context of unemployment and inflation.

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Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in Columbia, SC. This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' pre-paid debit card that is loaded with guaranteed income payments monthly.

Spending breakdown

Food and groceries accounted for the largest share of spending, at 27.64%, followed by Retail sales and services (26.92%) and Transport related expenses (20.65%).

Murray

"I've been able to help out some of my relatives with money for gas and got a couple more other relatives who were low on food and I was able to help with that. I appreciate what's happened in my life and I want to give back and I want to share and give hope to other people"

Murray

Just Income

Gainesville, FL

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