Basic income saved lives, say supporters, who rally in Denver for extension of cash assistance

Colorado News Online

Advocates for the Denver Basic Income Project rallied at the Colorado Capitol on Friday to urge local leaders to support additional funding for the program, which provides direct cash assistance to people experiencing homelessness. 

In honor of Basic Income National Day of Action, DBIP leadership and other supporters marched from the Colorado Capitol to the Denver City and County Building to demand Mayor Mike Johnston fund another year of the program. 

The project is coming to the end of its first full-scale launch of the program, which was possible thanks to funding from the city. Mark Donovan, founder and director of the DBIP, said the project needs support from city leaders in order to extend for another year. Johnston’s latest budget proposal did not include funding for the project. 

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