BIG JUMP: The City of Los Angeles is starting to accept applications for guaranteed income program

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Residents of Los Angeles have until Nov. 7 to apply for the city’s pilot program with guaranteed basic income, which will provide $ 1,000 a month to 3,000 households for a year.

The nearly $ 40 million BIG: LEAP (Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot) program is the largest of its kind in the United States.

“Its name perfectly captures what we’re doing here in LA because we’re taking a big leap forward in our generational struggle to stop poverty, to break the back of our dependence on poverty here in America,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday. .

The application process opened on Friday. People can apply at bigleap.lacity.org. More information is available from the Councilman Curren Prices District Office at (323) 846-2651.

Only households with at least one dependent child will be considered, and recipients must live in the city of Los Angeles, be over 18 years of age, and have an income at or below the federal poverty line. They must also have experienced financial or medical difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than a quarter of the recipients will come from Prices District 9.

“Why Council District 9? Well, 9 is home to some of the most marginalized neighborhoods in our city. Most marginalized, highest poverty rates, highest dropout rates,” Price said.

Price said Tuesday that his district office, at 4301 S. Central Ave., will serve as a command center under the application window to help voters. Additional sites – including the Vermont Square Branch Library, Ascot Branch Library, Junipero Serra Branch Library, All Peoples Community Center and Trade-Tech College – will provide computers, Wi-Fi and language support to help District 9 residents apply.

Garcetti said officials looked at data from a smaller GPI program in Stockton while developing the pilot project, and studies showed that the 125 Stockton residents who received $ 500 a month were more than twice as likely to secure themselves full-time jobs as people in a control group.

“They got full-time employment because they could afford to take the job interview that they could not before. Maybe instead of two jobs they could have one, and they were able to get full-time employment more than twice as much as non-recipients. , ” Garcetti said, citing results by Stacia West of the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work and Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Stockton program was implemented between February 2019 and February 2020 under then-Mayor Michael Tubbs. Garcetti added that the study found that participants “reported feeling less exhausted and anxious than those in the control group.

“They spent more time with their children, which meant that these children got help with things like homework and will get better graduation,” he added.

Critics of the programs often cite opposition to handing out free money, especially without restrictions on how it can be used. Some say it will make people work less, even though the results of the Stockton program showed that the recipients ended up working more. The proportion of recipients who had full-time jobs increased from 28% to 40%, while the control group saw a 5% increase in full-time employment during the same period.

On Tuesday, the city council approved $ 27.4 million for the entire city program, which includes about $ 3.4 million for Price’s district. Price’s office will provide an additional $ 6 million from its guaranteed basic income funds. The offices of Council Districts 6, 8, and 10 also provided funding from their offices’ GBI funds, totaling more than $ 5 million.

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