The “Breathe: LA County Guaranteed Income Program” will give 1,000 qualified residents $1,000 a month for three years. After meeting the criteria, recipients will be randomly selected.
To be eligible, individuals must be at least 18 years old, have a family income of less than $56,000 for a single person or $96,000 for a family of four, and have experienced negative impacts due to the pandemic. of COVID-19. Participants will receive the money through a debit card, and there are no conditions or income requirements.
Residents interested in applying can find more information here, including a map to help determine if they live in an eligible community. The registration period opens on March 31 and the application deadline is April 13. The selection will not depend on the time of registrations.
“The financial uncertainty and varying depths of poverty that millions of our constituents experience day-to-day cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Now is our opportunity to invest in support that directly reaches our residents” , Los Angeles said. Holly Mitchell, chair of the county board of supervisors.
“It’s time we trusted that our residents know how to best meet their needs when they can afford it. Across the country, guaranteed income has already been proven to reduce poverty, improve the long-term well-being of families, and give residents living on the edge of a tax cliff the support to breathe a little easier.”
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the motion, brought forward by Mitchell and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to create the program on May 18, 2021. The motion also said poverty and economic opportunity are a public health issue. .
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“The course of this pandemic has revealed the vast number of county residents living on the brink of financial crisis, with insufficient savings to meet a job loss, medical emergency, or major auto repair,” he said. said Kuehl.
“This guaranteed income program will help give residents the flexibility they need to better weather these crises. There is ample evidence of guaranteed income projects across the country that financial support, coupled with the freedom to making their own decisions about how best to spend their money gives families the flexibility they need to establish stability and invest in a more prosperous future.”
The Los Angeles County Poverty Reduction Initiative will oversee the program, and a research team from the University of Pennsylvania Guaranteed Income Research Center will randomly select qualified applicants. The team will also study the long-term impacts of income on residents’ economic well-being.
“There is so much we still don’t know about the power of unconditional money over a longer period of time. With a three-year pilot project, this opens up the possibility for families to set bigger goals than we we’ve seen in other experiments, and it also gives policymakers a chance to learn how hardcore cash works alongside other programs over time,” said Dr. Amy Beth Castro of the Center for Income Research. guaranteed from the University of Pennsylvania.
The pilot program is based on a similar program in Stockton, California, which has been praised for its success. The City of Los Angeles also launched a guaranteed basic income program last year, called BIG:LEAP.
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“Given that we saw a reduction in anxiety and depression after just 12 months in Stockton, we’re excited to see how families benefit from a much longer period of support,” Castro said.
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