One in four Stocktonians lives in poverty.
Stockton, California is a city on the rise. We’re a microcosm of America – 41% Latinx, 37% White, 21% Asian, 12% Black. Nearly ⅓ of our population is foreign-born. Once the foreclosure capital of the nation and the largest city before Detroit to declare bankruptcy, we’re turning the corner. Crime rates are dropping, municipal fiscal health is stabilizing and our population is growing.
Yet problems persist – our median household income of $46,033 falls far below the state’s. Our unemployment is hovering at 7.3%. We are 18th in the nation for child poverty, and nearly ¼ residents lives below the federal poverty line.
It’s clear – the status quo simply isn’t working and incremental change just won’t cut it. It’s time to try something different and address the root cause of poverty – lack of cash.
Director, Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration
Sukhi Samra is the Director of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, the nation’s first mayor-led guaranteed income demonstration. She was previously a policy aide to Mayor Tubbs, playing a critical role in the launch of the Stockton Scholars, an ambitious college access initiative, and in publishing the inaugural Report on the Status of Women. Sukhi is originally from Fresno, CA and graduated from Stanford University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.