Elevate MV

Elevate MV was launched in 2022 by the Mountain View City Council.




monthly payment

2 Years



invested in community

Pilot Features  
Number of Participants166 individuals
Median Household Income$16,155 per year
Program DatesDecember 2022-November 2024
EligibilityResident of Mountain View, regardless of immigration and housing status; income at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI); parental/custodial caregiver with at least one child under the age of 18 at the time of application; and must maintain Mountain View residency throughout the program.

About Elevate MV

The Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program gives direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected and qualifying extremely low-income Mountain View individuals to elevate their basic income and provide more financial security. A control group of 132 applicants will not receive a monthly cash deposit. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This means participants are empowered to choose how to best meet the needs of their family without conditions or work requirements. Elevate MV is operated through the City’s partner Community Services Agency, supported by the YMCA and Community Financial Resources.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Spending Breakdown

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

Spending breakdown

Retail sales and services accounted for the largest share of spending, at 43.93%, followed by Food and groceries (37.28%) and Transport related expenses (7.53%).


"I have been able to visit places with my daughters and truly have enjoyed having somewhat of an economic stability to take them out to places and enjoy things we couldn’t in the past because mommy was always working to make ends meet."


Elevate MV

Mountain View, CA

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