Pilot project extended to ensure basic income for people experiencing homelessness in Denver

January 4, 2024
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An apartment complex rises behind the tents of a homeless encampment at Logan and 8th, across from the Governor’s Mansion, in Denver, Sept. 26, 2023.

As the new year begins, the city of Denver has committed $2 million to extend the Denver Basic Income Project. The year-long pilot program is the largest of its kind in the country. It's studying what happens when people experiencing homelessness are given different amounts of money. Maria Sierra is the program's community engagement manager. Willie Larkins is a participant. They spoke with Chandra Thomas Whitfield in the fall about how the program is working so far.