Summary Austin Guaranteed Income Pilot: Participant Outcomes at 12 Months
Mary Bogle, Owen Noble, Lauren Fung
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This summary focuses on outcomes at the close of the Austin Guaranteed Income Pilot, 12 months after the first payments went out. It draws on data from baseline, 6-month surveys, 12-month surveys, interviews with participants, and other sources like the US Census Bureau.

  • At 12 months, respondents reported spending most of their pilot cash on housing and said their housing security improved substantially.
  • Employment remained relatively stable throughout the pilot. Of the 9 percent of participants who reported reducing their working hours, half stated that they used the time to “skill up” for future work and half took on caretaking responsibilities.
  • Food security improved steadily over the course of the pilot, but some mental health measures reverted to enrollment levels. On one metric (constant worry), participants reported worse outcomes at the end of the 12-month period.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Social safety net
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Research Methods Data analysis Qualitative data analysis Quantitative data analysis
States Texas
Cities Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX
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