Case Study

Denver Basic Income Project

$7.5 Million to 820 Unhoused Individuals

Building Hope Through Basic Income

We are delivering direct cash assistance to our unhoused neighbors in Denver.

The Denver Basic Income Project is investing in people and their ability to succeed when given trust, hope, and a financial foundation.

We are the first and largest project in the United States studying the impact of direct cash assistance on those experiencing homelessness. We have already deployed over $8.5M to over 800 of our unhoused neighbors.

Our Mission

The Denver Basic Income Project serves unhoused people by examining the impact of direct cash distributions in an effort to encourage a healthier society centered around human thriving.

Values

The Denver Basic Income Project recognizes and is opposed to the systemic barriers to rising out of poverty and supports providing cash assistance to those most impacted and in need. In eliminating financial barriers, we create a path to equity and social justice for the unhoused. Our organization is committed to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging in all aspects of our organization and mission.

Land Acknowledgement

The land on which we reside is the traditional territory of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples. We also recognize there are more than 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado. We honor Elders past, present, and future, and those who have stewarded this land throughout generations. We embrace and benefit from the contemporary and dynamic role that the tribes maintain. Over 120 nations are represented in the Denver Metro Area today.

We also recognize that government, academic and cultural institutions were founded upon and continue to enact exclusions and erasures of Indigenous Peoples. Colorado was the site of the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, which killed 230 native people– mainly children, women, and the elderly. Denver was one of 9 federal relocation sites used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1950s and 1960s in an effort to forcefully acculturate Indigenous communities and terminate the treaty obligations which the federal government held with their nations.

May this acknowledgment demonstrate a commitment to working to dismantle ongoing legacies of oppression and inequities and recognize and celebrate the current and future contributions of Indigenous communities in Denver.

Culture Statement

Denver Basic Income Project seeks to encourage a healthier and just society centered around human thriving. We work together to foster a welcoming community where collaborators feel a strong sense of belonging and trust. Our approach and decision-making centers the input from those with lived experience, those on the frontlines, and those currently experiencing homelessness.  Together, we try, we learn and we continue– bringing creativity and boldness; individually and collectively. We care about people and their self-determination and dignity, so we care about each other and being responsible and accountable to one another to carry out the vision of this work. We are the Denver Basic Income Project.

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