Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation (YALift!)

Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation (YALift!) was launched in April 2022 by Mayor Greg Fischer.

150

participants

$500

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$900,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants150 individuals
Median Household Income$8,544 per year
Amount$500
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesApril 2022-March 2023
Eligibility18-24 years old and residing in the following neighborhoods: California, Russell, and Smoketown.

About Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation (YALift!)

YALift! provides young adults with a one-year, no strings attached foundation of financial stability. The pilot is collaboratively administered by Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way, Russell: A Place of Promise, and Mayors for Guaranteed Income (MGI), and is focused on young adults in three neighborhoods of concentrated poverty: Smoketown, Russell, and California.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

YALift!

$8,544.00

Louisville, KY

$54,929

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$22,489.16

Sample Size

150

Avg. Age of Respondent

21.3

Avg. Children in Household

1.8

Avg. Household Size

3.1

gender

Male

30.7%

Female

68.0%

Other

1.40%

marital status

Married

8.7%

Single

89.3%

Partnered/In-Relationship

2.0%

children in household

Yes

49%

No

51%

race

White

4.0%

African American

90.7%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

0.0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

Latino

0.00%

Other/Mixed

5.30%

ethnicity

Hispanic

2.0%

Non-Hispanic

98.00%

primary language at home

English

98.7%

Spanish

0.0%

Other

1.30%

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 Louisville, KY. 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 39.42%, followed by Food and groceries (30.94%) and Transport related expenses (9.77%).

Davon

"At any given moment, no matter what happens, I have a cushion point and will always be fine. So really, mentally, it just helped me — it just freed up a lot of mental space. Less stress."

Davon

Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation (YALift!)

Louisville, KY

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