Resilient Communities for every child.

“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’re on a mission to change the way San Diego addresses child poverty.

One of the best investments we can make is in families.

the Power of cash

Cash is a simple yet powerful way to do the most good for the most children.

A guaranteed income policy affirms that all children in our community deserve to fully develop their capabilities, reach their full potential, and lead self-directed lives. 

What is Guaranteed Income?

Guaranteed income is a monthly cash payment given directly to families. It is unconditional, with no strings attached. A guaranteed income is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and can be a tool for racial and gender equity. 

Direct, unconditional cash gives parents and caregivers the freedom to spend money on their children's most immediate needs — be it food, diapers, medicine, or simply rent.

In pursuit of a more just society

San Diego for Every Child is piloting a guaranteed income project as an economic justice tool to help address the racial and gender inequities that impact the lives of children experiencing poverty.


With COVID-19, social unrest, and an emerging recession, guaranteed income is an ideal program to address the experience of child poverty both in the current moment and beyond.

San Diego for Every Child is committed to cultivating a deeper understanding around the root causes of child poverty by illuminating the systems-level changes needed to create a San Diego that works for every child.

How will the San Diego for Every Child guaranteed income pilot project work?

>   Monthly cash payments to 150 families for 24 months.

>   Targeted geographic areas are ZIP codes with high rates of children experiencing poverty and disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

>   Payments will have “no strings” attached, however participants will have the option to participate in coaching and financial literacy programs if desired.


While this is not a Mayor-led initiative, San Diego for Every Child and Jewish Family Service of San Diego are proud to have the support of Mayor Todd Gloria of San Diego and Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis of National City, who have pledged to support the effort as elected champions, enabling this pilot’s participation as part of Mayors for Guaranteed Income.


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