Frequently Asked Questions


how do i apply for SEED?

There is no application or sign-up process for SEED. Invitation mailers have been sent to randomly selected households. 

To be eligible for SEED, a recipient must be at least 18 years of age, occupy a residence within the City of Stockton - located in a neighborhood where the median income is at or below $46,033, AND be invited by mail to participate. To identify recipients, we will send application mailers to approximately 1,000 potential recipients at the end of the year. From those who reply to the mailer, at least 100 recipients will be randomly selected to receive the guaranteed income. Anyone not selected will be invited to participate in the research as a member of a comparison group.

What is a guaranteed income?

A guaranteed income is a recurring cash payment provided monthly to residents of a specific location regardless of employment status.

Millions of households in the United States experience financial instability. As many as 89% of Americans see their income fluctuate by more than 5% month to month and 60% see changes in spending greater than 30% from month to month. A guaranteed income is intended to help smooth the volatility that these households experience. By providing a minimum income each month, we believe households will be better able to plan, meet their basic needs, become self-sufficient, and achieve more of their potential.

I didn’t receive a letter. Now what?

Unfortunately, if you did not receive a letter, your household has not been randomly selected to receive the guaranteed income. If you did receive a letter and have questions, click here.

Even if you have not been selected to participate in SEED, the Office of Mayor Tubbs and the City of Stockton are here to help residents of our city succeed. The City offers a number of other resources. For more info visit:

What is SEED and how will it work?

Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, is the nation’s first-ever, city-led guaranteed income demonstration.

SEED is born out of the simple belief that the best investment we can make is in our people. Beginning February 2019, approximately 100 residents will receive a guaranteed income of $500 a month, for 18 months. A hand-up, rather than a hand-out, SEED seeks to empower its recipients financially and to prove to supporters and skeptics alike that poverty results from a lack of cash, not character. Recipients will be randomly selected at the end of the year. There is no sign-up process.

How will the guaranteed income be distributed?

SEED has partnered with Community Financial Resources to provide pre-paid debit cards to the guaranteed income recipients.

How is SEED funded?

SEED is 100%  funded by private donations. No taxpayer dollars are being used to execute the demonstration.

We have received generous support from The Economic Security Project, as well as other donors across the country to enable us to test this idea. No taxpayer dollars are being used towards SEED.

how will we know if sEED is successful?

Independent evaluators will conduct an impact evaluation of SEED. They will publish a study findings report at the end of the 18-month demonstration outlining what happened and the impact the additional income had on recipients. 

We have partnered with two independent evaluators, Dr. Stacia West of the University of Tennessee and Dr. Amy Castro Baker of the University of Pennsylvania, to conduct an impact evaluation on SEED. In addition to understanding how people spend the money, the impact evaluation will measure outcomes around financial security, health and wellness. Our evaluation partner will publish an impact evaluation report after the demonstration ends so the public can understand the impact of the program.

How can i be a SEED Storyteller?

We will be recruiting storytellers to contribute to the Demonstration in the upcoming months. Please continue to check our website for announcements about this.  

How Can I Volunteer With SEED?

If you are interested in volunteering with SEED, please contact In your mail to us, please include a copy of your resume, and please highlight your area of expertise and the ways you believe you could contribute to SEED.

I still have more questions, how can I get more information?

Check out our recent discussion paper outlining our vision for the project. 

Please continue to check our website for updates, or follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram. If you have a specific question, please contact or call us at (209) 203-0201. Please do NOT direct phone calls to City Hall.