The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, is the country’s first-ever city-led Guaranteed Income pilot. A collaboration between the Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, the Economic Security Project, and the residents of Stockton, California, SEED aims to test a simple, yet innovative, solution to poverty and inequality.
Beginning in 2019, the demonstration will provide at least 100 Stocktonians with a Guaranteed Income of $500 per month for 18 months. The Guaranteed Income will be unconditional, with no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent. Recipients have not yet been selected and a formal announcement of the selection process will occur in the next 2-3 months.
SEED will be evaluated by a team of researchers from the University of Tennessee and the University of Pennsylvania.
Funded entirely through private donations, SEED seeks to confront, address, and humanize the most pressing and pernicious problems our country faces: poverty, inequality, and widespread financial insecurity. We hope to challenge the long-held stereotypes and assumptions about the poor, particularly the working poor, that paralyze our pursuit of more aggressive solutions; to illustrate how widespread and episodic poverty is; to highlight the fact that poverty does not discriminate. In sum, we believe that SEED provides an unprecedented opportunity to radically reimagine our social safety net and reinvent the 21st century Social Contract