Cambridge to Fund Third-Largest Guaranteed Income Program in the U.S.

The Crimson

The City of Cambridge will spend nearly $22 million of federal funding on direct payments to low-income Cambridge families, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui announced Wednesday.

The money — allocated to Cambridge under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 — will go toward expanding Cambridge Recurring Income for Success and Empowerment, or RISE, a guaranteed income pilot program championed by Siddiqui in her first term. This $22 million-dollar expansion will make RISE the third-largest direct income program of any city in the country, behind the $38-million BIG: LEAP basic income program in Los Angeles and a $31.5 million program in Chicago.

Siddiqui announced the program in the “State of the City Address,” broadcast virtually Wednesday afternoon.

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