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The Nest Applicant FAQ

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The Nest Application Process

Our application is now open! You must apply in person or over a zoom call with our team by scheduling online here. After you schedule, be sure to check your spam or other folder for a message from Calendly.

We are working with several community members to support any language access needs. We currently have the ability to provide interpretation in: Tagalog, P'urhepecha, Samoan, Tongan, and Marshalesse. If you need interpretation, email us at to schedule your application interview. If you speak other languages and would like to offer your interpretation services, you can reach us at the same email.

The application call will take about 20-25 minutes, and we will only ask you the most basic information to make sure we can get in touch with you, and to see that you meet our eligibility.

• Once you have completed the call, you will receive a text or email with a link and instructions to upload
verifying documents (click here to see list). We have a wide range of different types of documents to verify that the information you have provided is correct. Once we have confirmed your information, you will be placed into an applicant pool for selection into the program.

We have had so much interest in this program, so it is posisble that there will be long wait times to get into the program, if you are selected at all. We wish we could support every person who applies for this program -- and it's pilots like ours that are doing the work to help achieve this dream for every person.

• Every month, on the 1st Wednesday of the month, we will select 15 participants from the applicant pool. Once you are selected, you will receive a notification with information about the program and how to schedule our onboarding orientation. This will include information about the program, benefits counseling, and optional resources. We aim to have first payments go out on the 25th of every month.

• Because this is no-strings-attached payments, after this point, you only need to check in with us every six months, or if your situation changes and it impacts your eligibility.


At least 12 weeks pregnant
Indigenous to North America or Pacific Islander
Living in: King County, Pierce County, or the Tulalip Reservation
King County Income under:
  • $70k for a 2 person household*
  • $85k for a 3 person household*
  • $100k for a 4+ person household*
Pierce County Income under:
  • $55k for a 2 person household*
  • $70k for a 3 person household*
  • $85k for a 4+ person household*
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why The Nest?

We believe that Indigenous mamas are enough and they deserve to honor their reproductive destinies, support their community, and raise their children in healthy and thriving environments. Through the Hummingbird Nest, we believe we can support our families in achieving this vision. Every person deserves to live with dignity and have their basic needs met.

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment here. If you have language or other accessibility needs, please email us at The appointment will be 20-25 minutes and we will ask permission to collect information, how to best contact you, and confirm eligibility and basic demographic information. We also are happy to answer any questions you may have during this time.

Will this impact benefits I'm already receiving? Do I have to pay taxes on it?

Depending on your current income and the types of benefits you receive, it is possible your benefits may be affected. Once you are selected for the program, our Abundance Auntie will talk with you about the ways your benefits may be impacted, and options available to protect benefits. The choice is yours! Once we go over the potential impact, you can decide if the Nest is still right for you based on your existing benefits. We will also support the process of re-applying for any benefits you may have lost towards the time of graduation from the program.

You do not pay taxes on this money. This is a gift from Hummingbird to you. Federal tax law only applies to gifts over $16,000 in a given year, and Nest recipients would not receive more than $15,000 any given year. Washington State does not have income tax, so state tax does not apply. If you become a Nest recipient and choose to participate in the optional research and storytelling, any stipends you receive for participation over $600 would be considered taxable income. Participation in these activites is completely optional and separate from the gift income you receive through Nest, which is tax exempt.

How will my information be used?

All information you share with us will be kept confidential and used only to determine your eligibility into the Nest. If are already receiving services from HIFS or if you become a client, the information you share will not be available to your doula or home visitor unless you consent to a release of information. 

If you choose to participate in the research or storytelling, the information you share will be collected anonymously to help us build a picture of Indigenous parenting, resilience, and the impact of guaranteed income in supporting families during this crucial time in a parent and child’s life. More information about research and storytelling will be provided once you’re accepted into the Nest.

How do I know if I am eligible?

The Nest serves American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous tribes from North America (First Nations and Indigenous tribes in what is now Mexico and Central America). 

While Indigenous identity as a political concept is complicated by the reality that Indigeneity has been definted by the colonizing powers and governmental bodies. These definitions are often meant to support the ongoing erasure, genocide, land left, and culture theft (not a conclusive list). We honor the sovereignty of other tribal nations and respect and accept any documentation and enrollment papers from these sovereign nations, using their categorical eligibility. We also have other options for folks who are not enrolled, or who have different systems based on the types of military and governmental occupation of their colonizing bodies. We consult with our Cultural Advisory Council to make determinations in cases where lineage, descendency, or enrollment is unclear.

Interested people must make under a certain income (see income table above), live in King County, Pierce County, or on the Tulalip reservation, and be at least 12 weeks pregnant and up to 6 weeks postpartum at the time of acceptance into the program.

What is the Cultural Advisory Council?

The Cultural Avisory Council, or The CAC is a voting council made up of community members, experts and elders in maternal child health for Pacific Islander and urban Indigenous communities, and parents who have given birth in the past three years.

Working with the Nest Program Manager, the cultural advisory council will provide leadership and counsel on specific strategy areas for the Hummingbird Nest Guaranteed Income and Storytelling Project. We believe in centering communities in radical ways.

Having major decisions and strategies supported, guided, and decided by our cultural advisory council supports our value of community centering.

Do I need to be a US citizen to participate?

No, you do not. Anyone who meets our eligibility criteria is eligible regardless of immigration status.

What if I am more than six weeks postpartum? Or have other kids?

While our program will support participants through to their child's third birthday, you do need to be pregnant or up to 6 weeks postpartum to enroll in the program. This is at the time of enrolling in the program. Due to longer than expected wait times, it is possible that someone may be eligible when they apply, but then age out of eligibility before they are accepted into the program.

We are currently working to ensure this does not happen frequently and are working with the Cultural Advisory Council and our funder, Perigee to address this issue.

If you have more than one child, you can still apply - this will be factored into your household size when determining income eligibility. You will not receive extra income based on other children. The gift amount will remain the same.

Can more than one person from my household apply?

We define a household as immediate family members or domestic partners with whom you share income and living expenses. Roommates, for example, are not part of your household. 

While we do not have a specific policy that would keep two members at the same address from applying, this situation would be taken to our Cultural Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is a voting council made up of community members, experts and elders in maternal child health for Pacific Islander and urban Indigenous communities, and parents who have given birth in the past three years. They may request more information, and would make a determination on whether these circumstances would exclude someone from eligibility.

Can I apply more than once?

No. You cannot apply more than once. However, if your situation has changed, you can reach back out, and we can update your information so you do not need to re-apply.

For instance, if you apply before you’re 12 weeks pregnant, we will reach back out to you with a text or email when you become eligible to see if you are still interested in the program and continue the application process. If you are not eligible but you have since moved, your pregnancy status has changed, or your income has changed, you can contact Hummingbird to update the information, and if necessary, share new documentation.

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“Pregnancy is the most sacred time, but it's almost the most invasive time. When you're pregnant, people feel comfortable questioning you about it, strangers in public. Afterward, everybody has an opinion... [A guaranteed income support] just being able to unapologetically parent, to be understood, and to be recognized as somebody who's multifaceted.”
Community Member & Mama
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Ready to Apply?

We will be accepting 15 new participants every month! Please sign up for an appointment here. We are currently scheduling for November.

If you have questions or need interpretation, please contact us for more information.

Meet our Elder Council and Clan of Matriarchs

We convened our council of elders and matriarchs, and connected with Indigenous mamas who were pregnant or who had given birth in the past three years to create a program rooted in community values, traditions, and decolonized practices to support our families in building Indigenous wealth.

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