Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity (ARISE)
- Alexandria, VA, launched a two-year guaranteed income pilot to determine if it will help people who can’t make ends meet, even if they’re employed.
- Abt will use mixed methods to evaluate the program (which is called ARISE).
- Results will be available in late 2025.
Rising income inequality has left many residents of Alexandria, VA, struggling to make ends meet, including many who are working. To determine how best to support them, the city of Alexandria launched a pilot to provide select residents who earn less than 50 percent of the area median income with a guaranteed income. The project, Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity (ARISE), will provide 170 residents with $500 a month for two years.
Abt will use mixed methods to evaluate ARISE: participants were selected at random from all applicants. Abt will periodically survey participants and a control group (comprised of applicants) until six months after payments stop. Abt will also do an ethnographic study by working one-on-one with participants through interviews and long-term, in-depth research with a subset of single parents.