Community Spring fellows believe a criminal sentence shouldn’t impact lives after people serve their time.
The nonprofit organization, which is known for breaking down structural poverty and supporting low-income people through monetary support, is running Just Income GNV.
The privately funded pilot program, designed by formerly incarcerated individuals, assists formerly incarcerated people re-enter society with a guaranteed income.
Community Spring hires fellows, specifically those who have been impacted by poverty, to identify systemic forces that spur further economic difficulties. The 2020-2021 fellowship class created the Just Income GNV program.
The guaranteed income program is currently in the application period, which ends Dec. 1. About a week later, a randomly selected group of 115 people will be selected to receive $7,600 in the next 12 months.
Kevin Scott, a 47-year-old Gainesville resident and project manager, has been involved with Community Spring since January 2020. To qualify, Scott said participants must be an Alachua County resident who has been released from a Florida state prison, a federal prison, a Florida county jail with a new felony conviction or began felony probation in Alachua County on or after June 1.