LA Basic Income Program to give young adults $1,000 a month

A new program in Los Angeles County provides a universal basic income, with monthly payments of $1,000 to a select group of young adults.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Human Services introduced the pilot program, which will provide three-year guaranteed income to about 300 people between the ages of 18 and 24, the agency said.

Recipients will be randomly selected to receive the monthly payments, according to a press release from LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Eligible individuals must currently be enrolled in the General Relief Opportunities for Work, or GROW, program which provides employment and training services to young adults who face barriers to employment and education and often come from vulnerable environments, including homeless or homeless.

“These young people had to develop personal strength and resilience to overcome so many challenges in their lives,” Solis said. “Like all of us, they just need an opportunity to put their talents and abilities to work. Offering a guaranteed income could very well be the key to unlocking their full potential.

The program was launched on August 31, according to a spokesperson for Solis’ office.

Earlier this year, LA County launched Breathe, another experimental program providing cash assistance of $1,000 per month to county residents 18 and older in poor or working-class neighborhoods who were financially impacted during the pandemic. Residents had to apply for Breathe, which is funded by federal COVID-19 relief money and conducted in partnership with Wilmington nonprofit Strength Based Community Change and the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Last year, LA became the largest city in the nation to launch a $1,000-a-month cash assistance program. About 3,200 Los Angeles households were randomly selected for the initiative by the city’s research partner, the Center for Guaranteed Income Research, city officials said.

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