Meet the Participants

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Newark launched the Newark Movement for Economic Equity, one of the nation’s first guaranteed income pilots. One year later, there are now 430 residents receiving guaranteed income in Newark. 

While their stories, backgrounds, and experiences are diverse, they have one thing in common – a belief in the power of guaranteed income to help residents recover financially from pandemic loss, and plan their lives forward. 

Meet Shamonique Jones, Guaranteed Income Participant

“The pandemic took so much from us socially and emotionally. At one point, all we knew was losses, but the Guaranteed Income program was a sign that help was on the way. I had one less thing to worry about. I was happy that my children were happy, and my hope was restored.”

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