Elevate MV


Thank you to our community for taking the time to apply for Elevate MV. The application period is now closed. 

If you are selected through a randomized process by the Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) at the University of Pennsylvania to be a participant - you will then be contacted by the Community Services Agency (CSA). 

The timeframe for participant onboarding is anticipated to be October to November 2022.  Then the first cash payments are expected by the end of 2022.

Elevate MV, the Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Elevate MV logo

The Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program gives direct cash payments of $500 per month to166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents that will elevate their basic income to provide more financial security.

The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This means that participants in the pilot are empowered to choose how the assistance best meets the basic needs of their family and is not tied to conditions.

Elevate MV is operated through the City’s partner Community Services Agency (CSA), supported by YMCA, working with the payment processor, Community Financial Resources. This pilot program is a research study and will be a part of a national study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed  Income Research along with participants from other cities across the State and nation.

Elevate MV Program Flyers


  • Extremely low-income Mountain View residents below 30% Area Median Income (AMI) and
Income Limits by Household Size
Income Level 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Extremely Low-Income (ELI): <30% of Area Median Income $40,450 $45,500 $50,550 $54,600 $58,650 $62,700 $66,750
  • Pregnant or caregiver for at least one child under the age of 18 at the time of application


  • Amount and Number of Participants: $500 per month ($6,000 per year), serving approximately 166 families
  • Selection Process: participants will be selected by an unbiased randomized process completed by the researchers (not the City or CSA) 
  • Pilot Program Program Length: 24 months
  • Timeline: The Application is now closed.  Selected participants should hear from CSA beginning in October.


program partners

Implementation Partners

Logo for Community Financial Resources Logo for Community Services Agency CSA

Research Partner

Support and Resource Partners

Logo for Mayors for Guaranteed Income Logo for Jain Family Institute

CSA Emergency Assistance

If you are in need of emergency financial, or other basic assistance like food, contact 650-968-0836, or visit csacares.org

Background Resources

Have Questions? Contact Us

Online: AskMV Customer Service Portal
Email: GBI@mountainview.gov