Applications for Los Angeles County’s guaranteed income pilot program opened Thursday, allowing residents to apply for a chance to get For three years, $1,000 per month
Randomly, only 1,000 people will be selected to receive the guaranteed income. “Breathe”.
Direct monthly payments will then go out via debit cards to the selected residents. “will come without strings or conditions, allowing participants to spend the money as they see fit to meet their needs,”County authorities stated.
For those who are interested, you can visit this page WebsiteTo apply. Deadline for applications is April 13th. Selection will not be based on when applicants enter.
Residets must fulfill all these requirements to be eligible for this program:
- You must be 18 years of age or older
- Live in a Los Angeles County neighborhood that falls at or below 100% of the County’s Area Median Household Income. You can enter your address here Eligibility map to find out if you’re eligible)
- Have a household income that falls at or below 100% of the County’s AMI for a single person household, or at or below 120% of the County’s AMI for households with two or more people (an Table defining income eligibilityYou can find it here.
- Financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
- You cannot be enrolled in any other guaranteed income project.
The program is only open to one household member.
L.A. County officials stated that the project was meant to Resolve inequalities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic within low-income communities
“Other guaranteed income programs have proven to disrupt longstanding cycles of poverty and economic inequity by enabling participants to self-determine the budgetary strategies that will most benefit themselves and their families,”Officials stated this in a news release.
Officials from the county said that different programs have revealed that recipients use the money for paying bills, going to school, and caring for their families.
“It’s time that we trust that our residents know how best to meet their needs when given the resources to do so,”Holly J. Mitchell, Chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, stated earlier in this month. “Across the country, guaranteed income has already proven to reduce poverty, improve the long-term well-being of families, and give residents living on the edge of a fiscal cliff the support to breathe a bit easier.”
L.A. County officials said the three-year financial commitment is believed to be the longest for a program of its size and scope, allowing University of Pennsylvania researchers to study the longer-term impacts of this additional income on recipients’ economic well-being.
“There is so much we still do not know about the power of unconditional cash over a longer period of time. With a three-year pilot, it opens up the possibility for families to set larger goals than we have seen in other experiments and it also gives policymakers a chance to learn how unconditional cash functions alongside other programs over time,”Amy Beth Castro of the University of Pennsylvania said this.
Authorities stated that researchers will use the survey in order to collect data on participants as well as those who are selected for a control group. However, they added that these data will remain private and will not be used to select participants.
“This guaranteed income program will help give residents the breathing room they need to better weather those crises. There is ample evidence from guaranteed income projects around the country that financial support, coupled with the freedom to make their own decisions about how best to spend their money, offers families the flexibility they need to establish stability and invest in a more prosperous future for themselves,”Sheila Kuehl, County Supervisor, stated earlier in the month.