Paterson Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

The Paterson Guaranteed Income Pilot Program was launched in 2021 by Mayor Andre Sayegh.

110

participants

$400

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$528,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants110 individuals
Median Household Income$11,475 per year
Amount$400
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesJuly 2021-June 2022
EligibilityResident of Paterson 18 years or older, with income of $30,000 or less for individuals and $88,000 or less for the family

About the Paterson Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

The Paterson Guaranteed Income Pilot Program provides $400 a month for 12 months to 110 residents. Participants will receive $400 a month by direct deposit into a prepaid card.

Data last updated on 12/20/2022.

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Download Paterson, NJ's Evaluation Report

Read a research report produced by the Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) which offers summaries of key findings, along with in-depth analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data from this pilot.

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Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

PGIPP

$11,475

Paterson, NJ

$47,373

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$13,764

Sample Size

110

Avg. Age of Respondent

44

Avg. Children in Household

2

Avg. Household Size

3

gender

Male

26.00%

Female

74.00%

Other

0.00%

marital status

Married

67.27%

Single

27.27%

Partnered/In-Relationship

5.45%

children in household

Yes

61.00%

No

39.00%

race

White

38.18%

African American

14.54%

American Indian/Alaska Native

3.00%

Asian

1.00%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

1.00%

Latino

0.00%

Other/Mixed

42.28%

ethnicity

Hispanic

80.00%

Non-Hispanic

20.00%

primary language at home

English

59.10%

Spanish

36.36%

Other

4.54**%

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 Paterson, NJ. 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 37.49%, followed by Food and groceries (32.09%) and Housing & Utilities (11.07%).

Cynthia

“I had enough money to help pay bills, and for the first time in years, I was able to buy some new clothes. That was a real treat.”

Cynthia

Paterson Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

Paterson, NJ

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