Excel Pilot Program

Durham's Guaranteed Income Pilot (Excel) was championed by former Mayor Steve Schewel and launched in 2022 by Mayor Elaine O'Neal.




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1 Year



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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants109 individuals
Median Household Income$8,769 per year
Program DatesMarch 2022-February 2023
EligibilityReleased from prison (NC State prison, a prison in another state, or federal prison) within the last 60 months (5 yrs) prior to application, returning to a Durham address (City or County), and with an income below 60% 2021 Durham-Chapel Hill AMI.

About the Excel Pilot Program

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.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in Durham, NC. This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' bank accounts, not just those that are from the guaranteed income they received.

Spending breakdown

Retail sales and services accounted for the largest share of spending, at 43.77%, followed by Food and groceries (23.63%) and Transport related expenses (12.5%).


“The funds are of great benefit to me because they help with my basic necessities like paying my rent.”


Excel Pilot Program

Durham, NC

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