Mayor Warren Announces Effort to Explore Reparations, Universal Basic Income and Home Ownership Initiative 

Seeks to Use Potential Marijuana Tax Revenue & Other Funding to Close the Wealth Gap between Black, Brown & White Residents

Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today an initiative to explore the implementation of reparations, including the possible establishment of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program, as well as a home ownership program.

“The recent report by the RASE Commission made plain the stark realities that exist in our community and included a strong call for all of us to take action to address these historic inequities,” said Mayor Warren. “Beyond changing policies and procedures, we must do more to close the wealth gap between Black and Brown people and our White neighbors.

The recent  legalization of marijuana in New York State presents us with a new opportunity to bring real resources to bear to uplift our families and improve, not only their financial well-being, but their very future.” 

Mayor Warren announced the establishment of an exploratory committee charged with reviewing existing Universal Basic Income and reparation pilots in other cities to see how a life-altering program can be developed for Rochester. 

The committee will be chaired by City Chief of Staff Brittaney Wells and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Cephas Archie.