LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles is poised to launch the nation's largest guaranteed basic income program. The window for residents to apply ends Sunday.
What You Need To Know
- The city of Los Angeles is poised to launch the nation’s largest guaranteed basic income program
- The window for people to apply ends Nov. 7
- Some applicants are visiting drop-in assistance sites to get the help and the internet access they need to submit their information
- The pilot program offers $1,000 per month for about 3,000 LA residents
Navidad Galicia, a single mother with two children, is looking to participate in the pilot program.
"Sometimes they don't value the things we give them, and I think it's good for them to learn it takes process for stuff to get to us," Galicia said.
Just getting to the drop-in assistance site was a struggle, but if Galicia's family is selected, it will all have been worth it — even the hourlong bus ride with her two little ones. She and her children have been homeless before, and after losing her job, it is a distinct possibility once again.
The $1,000 a month would be a safety net.
"It would make a lot of difference really," Galicia said.
The Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot, also known as BIG:LEAP, promises a monthly paycheck for a year for about 3,000 LA residents.
The University of Southern California will track outcomes of the program as part of the Center for Guaranteed Income Research. They are looking at how this money will affect the recipients' mental health, housing security and family dynamics.
LA City Councilman Curren Price, who represents the 9th District, set up hubs to help people apply.
"Well, I think success is going to be defined by those individuals who have been able to provide for their families in ways that they haven't been before," Price said.
Galicia came to the United States from Mexico when she was little, and since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is ineligible for some aid programs.
"I actually do need the help," Galicia said. "It will really, really help me to get them school supplies and uniforms."
To apply, visit bigleap.lacity.org.