Frequently Asked Questions


What is a guaranteed income?

A guaranteed income, also known as universal basic income (UBI), is a system of widely distributed, regular, unconditional cash stipends.

Variations of guaranteed income have surfaced throughout history: Thomas Paine proposed the idea in Agrarian Justice, Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for a guaranteed income, early 20th century economists defined the idea as a negative income tax, and Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan joined forces to advocate for an income floor that almost made it through Congress in the 1970s. We also have a modern-day version of a guaranteed income: the state of Alaska distributes an annual dividend to every Alaskan.

How is SEED funded?

SEED is philanthropically funded. no tax payer dollars are being used for the demonstration.

The Economic Security Project (ESP)  will provide $1,000,000 in funds toward SEED. ESP is a network committed to advancing the debate on cash transfers and a guaranteed income in the United States. ESP funds research to inform the debate, campaigns to expand access to cash, and cultural initiatives to inspire the public’s imagination.

The Goldhirsh Foundation is also providing funding by matching up to $250,000 in donations to SEED with aims to inspire and galvanize others to join them in supporting the exploration of a guaranteed income.

What is SEED and how will it work?

SEED is the nation’s first-ever, city-led guaranteed income demonstration.

The program will test the idea of a guaranteed income by selecting 100 residents of Stockton to receive $500 a month for approximately 18 months. The residents that are chosen to participate will start receiving $500/month ideally by early 2019.

Why Stockton?

Stockton is a city with a challenging past– and a promising future. 

Stockton is in many ways a microcosm of the United States. major shifts in the economy such as persistent wage stagnation and rising inequality have made it increasingly difficult for hardworking people to make ends meet. 

How can I apply?


There is currently no application or sign-up process.

We are working on deciding the participation criteria, and will make a public announcement once we have one.

How can I know if I am eligible to receive the guaranteed income?

We have not yet decided which residents will be eligible.

We will be hosting discussions with the community to make sure that this program meets our city’s unique needs. We will provide an update once we set the selection criteria.

What if I am not chosen to participate in SEED?

The Office of Mayor Tubbs and the City of Stockton are here to help residents of our city realize their full potential.

The City offers a number of other resources. For more info visit:

How can I help?

Mayor Michael Tubbs and his team are excited and eager to lead a rigorous and thoughtful community engagement process that will collect and respond to the needs and concerns of the community. If you are interested in volunteering please contact

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

Please continue to check our website for updates.

If you have a specific question, please contact