Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT)

Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT) was launched in 2021 by Mayor Victoria Woodards.

110

participants

$500

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$660,000

invested in community

Pilot Features  
Number of participants110 individuals
Median Household Income$26,550 per year
Amount$500
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesDecember 2021-November 2022
EligibilityAt least 18 years of age; reside in Tacoma neighborhoods of Eastside, Hilltop, South Tacoma or the South End; single income household with children living in the home up to age 17 or children with disabilities up to age 21; with annual income between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

About the Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT)

The Growing Resilience In Tacoma (GRIT) demonstration is a collaborative effort between United Way of Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. GRIT is a 12-month guaranteed income program that gifts 110 Tacoma families $500 a month in unconditional and unrestricted cash. All 110 participants are employed and are anywhere between 100 and 200% of the federal poverty level, single income earner households with children, and reside in certain geographic areas in the city. Frequently, these families are those that make just a bit too much to be eligible for public assistance but not enough to receive the assistance they need. GRIT is focused on creatively changing the narrative on poverty and deservedness. GRIT also acts as an advocate and leader for legislative progress as it advises on the design of a statewide guaranteed income bill for the state of Washington. GRIT is funded by a mixture of public and private funds and is set to end in November 2022.

Data last updated on 9/28/2022.

Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart show aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in Tacoma, WA. 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 42.09%, followed by Food and groceries (24.68%) and Housing & Utilities (14.25%).

“I have the chance to make my own decisions, and while we are still definitely poor it is so much different than how it used to feel.”

Monica

Growing Resilience in Tacoma (GRIT)

Tacoma, WA

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