Pilot Partners

The City of Chicago is grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to the pilot.

Pilot Evaluation

The Inclusive Economy Lab

The Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago will be conducting a research study exploring the impact of this pilot on recipients’ financial and overall well-being, and to generate lessons for other policymakers and programs. Participation in the research study will be optional and not a requirement to receive funds.

Pilot Design

The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab is providing technical support around the implementation and design of the pilot. They are leveraging their deep expertise from the Chelsea Eats program in Massachusetts— a large-scale debit card program providing 2,000 households with $200 - $400 per month to help buy groceries and baby products.

Program Administrator

GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly is the program administrator for the pilot. GiveDirectly is a nonprofit with expertise in administering cash transfer programs around the world. They are leveraging technology from AidKit, a platform built to support dignified, efficient, and secure direct cash and guaranteed income programs at scale

Community Outreach

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

YWCA is leading community outreach for the pilot to ensure it reaches Chicagoans in need. YWCA is a trusted provider of family, early childhood, sexual violence, and economic empowerment services in the Chicago region.

Community Outreach

Center for Changing Lives

Center for Changing Lives partners with participants to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential. Our work includes financial and employment coaching, training and skill enhancement opportunities, and advocacy and organizing.

Community Outreach

Phalanx Family Services

Phalanx Family Services assists economically disadvantaged youth and families in the pursuit of self-sufficiency through employment-centered programs, mentoring, advocacy, and workforce development solutions.

Community Outreach

Pui Tak Center

Pui Tak Center is a church-based community center providing educational, family and community services to immigrants in Chinatown. 

Community Outreach

Spanish Coalition for Housing

Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) is the Chicago region’s largest bilingual nonprofit HUD Certified Housing Counseling Organization, and for 50 years has served the affordable housing and financial health needs of thousands of households annually through education, counseling and community engagement.

Community Outreach

United African Organization

United African Organization is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois.


Advisory Group

The City of Chicago convened an Advisory Group in early 2022 to advise on the design and implementation of the pilot. The Advisory Group is comprised of 37 community advocates, policy experts, alderpeople, and people who have experienced poverty.

The Advisory Group is working with DFSS and the Mayor’s Office to ensure the program is equitably and intentionally designed and implemented to meet the needs of participating households.

 

Kathleen Caliento Cara Collective
Joyce Coffee Family Rescue
Alicia Cordero  
Leslie Cully  Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)
Shanell Davis  
Kant Desai Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
Ald. Pat Dowell 3rd Ward
Cherita Ellens Women Employed
Karen Freeman-Wilson Urban League
Luis Gutierrez Latinos Progresando
Ald. Maria Hadden  49th Ward
Charles Hardwick  
Donna Henry IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
Daniel Hertz Chicago Department of Housing (DOH)
Mary Howard Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Ianna Kachoris The Chicago Community Trust (CCT)
Brandie Knazze Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)
Dan Lurie Office of the Mayor - Policy
Jered Pruitt Chinese American Service League
Tottionna Matthews Community Change
Kenya Merritt Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Candace Moore City of Chicago Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ)
José M. Muñoz La Casa Norte
Madeline Neighly Economic Security Project
Harish Patel Economic Security for Illinois
Sylvia Puente Latino Policy Forum
Harold Rice Jr. Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA)
Ald. Michael Rodriguez  22nd Ward
Amy Rynell Active Transportation Alliance
Sarah Spunt LIFT, Inc.
Karen Tamley Access Living
Tim Verry Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) 
Ald. Gilbert Villegas 36th Ward 
Richard Wallace Equity and Transformation
Dorian Warren Economic Security Project and Community Change
Audra Wilson Shriver Center on Poverty Law