Oakland Resilient Families

Oakland Resilient Families was launched in 2021 by Mayor Libby Schaaf.

600

participants

$500

monthly payment

2 Years

duration

$5,400,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants600 individuals
Median Household Income$11,700 per year
Amount$500
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesJuly 2021-June 2023
EligibilityCohort 1: Residents in a one square mile area of East Oakland with income below 50% of the Area Median Income and at least one child under 18 Cohort 2: Oakland households living below 138% of the federal poverty level with at least one child under 18

About Oakland Resilient Families

Oakland Resilient Families is providing 600 randomly selected Oakland families (with an intentional focus on groups with the greatest wealth disparities per the Oakland Equity Index) with low incomes and at least 1 child under 18 a guaranteed income of $500 per month for 18 months. Oakland Resilient Families began with Mayor Libby Schaaf’s pledge to bring a guaranteed income pilot to Oakland when she joined Mayors for a Guaranteed Income as a founding mayor in the summer of 2020. This collaboration is between the Mayor’s Office, UpTogether, and Oakland Thrives. Oakland Resilient Families is 100% funded through philanthropic donations and run by a collaboration of local community-based organizations.

Data last updated on 9/28/2022.

Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

Oakland Resilient Families

$11,700

Oakland, CA

$93,146

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$13,390

Sample Size

300

Avg. Age of Respondent

39

Avg. Children in Household

2

Avg. Household Size

4

gender

Male

14.67%

Female

84.33%

Other

0.67%

marital status

Married

27.00%

Single

63.00%

Partnered/In-Relationship

10.00%

children in household

Yes

100.00%

No

0.00%

race

White

8.00%

African American

45.33%

American Indian/Alaska Native

2.00%

Asian

12.67%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.00%

Latino

19.00%

Other/Mixed

32.00%

ethnicity

Hispanic

36.33%

Non-Hispanic

63.67%

primary language at home

English

63.33%

Spanish

23.33%

Other

13.33%

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.

Start of Covid-19 PandemicJan 2019MarMayJulSepNovJan 2020MarMayJulSepNovJan 2021MarMayJulSepNovJan 2022MarMayJulSepNovJan 2023MarMayJulSepNovJan 2024MarMayJulSepNovJan 2025MarMayJulSepNovJan 202602468101214161820Unemployment02468101214161820Inflation
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Alisha

“It has helped me pay off some bills, I’m building my credit, and I’ve also been able to put some money away for my grandson’s college fund.”

Alisha

Oakland Resilient Families

Oakland, CA

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