Efforts to advance guaranteed income program in Oregon get $1.2 million boost

News Release
May 25, 2023

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) and the Urban League of Portland (ULPDX) have received a $1.2 million grant over the next four years to advance a guaranteed income campaign in Oregon.

“Guaranteed income has the potential to transform the lives of Oregonians struggling to make ends meet,” said OCPP Executive Director Alejandro Queral. “We are thrilled to receive this grant and to partner with the Urban League of Portland in making this program a reality."

The grant was awarded as part of the Building Economic Security Together (BEST) project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and supported by the State Priorities Partnership. The BEST project aims to support state-level efforts to advance transformative change for low-income children and families – particularly those from historically marginalized communities with very low or no incomes.

Guaranteed income refers to regular, unconditional cash payments to eligible individuals or families. Such a program creates an income floor beneath which no one can fall.

"Guaranteed income is a bold and innovative solution to poverty that has the potential to benefit all Oregonians,” said ULPDX President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson “We are honored to be a part of this initiative and to work with OCPP and our community partners to make sure all Oregonians can enjoy economic security."

About Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP): The Oregon Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research institute that provides policy analysis and recommendations on issues affecting low- and moderate-income Oregonians.

About Urban League of Portland (ULPDX): The Urban League of Portland is a nonprofit organization that advocates for African Americans and other communities of color in Oregon, providing services, education, and advocacy in areas such as housing, employment, and education.