Expand Direct Cash to Families in Illinois

Economic Opportunity Challenge
UpTogether (f/k/a Family Independence Initiative)

UpTogether plans to utilize the learnings from our initial partnership with the City of Chicago, and implement a Statewide fund that will include investing unrestricted cash in Illinois residents so they may improve their economic status and overall quality of life.

Last Updated: March 2024
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Economic Opportunity Challenge
  • California, United States of America
  • Illinois, United States of America
  • Michigan, United States of America
  • Ohio, United States of America
  • Illinois, United States of America
  • Families
  • Low-income people
  • 1. No poverty
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Poverty is a policy choice and in order to create a better quality of life for individuals and families, current policies and practices need to change. With additional support, UpTogether can continue to invest directly in Illinois families, amplify their stories, and rally for systems change. The Guaranteed Income fund will invest up to $500 per month for 24 months into Illinois residents that are currently members on the UpTogether Community platform. While being enrolled in the fund, members will answer survey questions and share stories that will be used as evidence to support narrative and policy change at the state and federal level.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

UpTogether (f/k/a Family Independence Initiative)

website: http://www.uptogether.org
Organization Headquarters
California, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
51 to 100
Annual Operating Budget
$25.1 to 50 Million

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In partnership with Google.org and the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, UpTogether launched in Chicago in 2018 with 37 families. Families received unrestricted cash that totaled up to $3,200 while engaging in support groups and advancing their self-determined goals. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UpTogether began investing in emergency relief one-time payments to meet the needs of the community rapidly. With the support of Cook County, the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing, and local and national partners, we invested over $35 million into more than 10,000 Cook County households. In 2021, UpTogether recognized the need to shift back to its traditional model of investing in families over a longer period to have a deeper impact. As of today, it has added 869 families to the UpTogether fund which has led it to invest nearly $40 million in over 30,000 households across the State of Illinois. Currently, it has approximately 90,000 members located in Illinois on our platform.

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