9/15/2022 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

MEDIA RELEASE 09152022-1
Subject :

Application Period for City of Mountain View’s Elevate MV Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program Opens This Friday, Sept. 16
Contact : Lenka Wright
Chief Communications Officer

Opportunity for extremely low-income Mountain View families to elevate their basic income for more financial security

Mountain View, Calif. — The City of Mountain View’s guaranteed basic income pilot program, Elevate MV, has officially launched with the application period for eligible Mountain View families opening 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 and running through midnight Sunday, Sept. 25. Apply at MountainView.gov/ElevateMV.

“With inflation exacerbating financial hardship, our Elevate MV guaranteed basic income pilot program will provide desperately needed relief for many extremely low-income families in our community,” said Mayor Lucas Ramirez. “Through the two-year-long pilot, we aim to empower these families by improving their financial security through monthly direct cash payments of $500. Breaking the cycle of poverty isn’t simple, and that’s why Mountain View is on the forefront of trying innovative approaches to solve difficult issues.”

The two-year-long Elevate MV pilot involves:

  • Aiding extremely low-income Mountain View families and custodial caregivers with at least one child under age 18 or pregnant at the time of application. Income eligibility is set at 30% Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Restricting eligibility to Mountain View residents without regard to immigration documentation and/or housing status.
  • Providing participants with direct cash payments of $500 per month for 24 months ($6,000 per year), serving approximately 166 families.

The verification process for the Elevate MV program criteria will take a couple months. The City anticipates the 166 randomly selected qualifying recipients will begin receiving direct cash payments sometime in December 2022.

Elevate MV is operated through the City’s partner Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, supported by the YMCA, and working with the payment processor, Community Financial Resources.

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