APPLICATIONS will soon open for a guaranteed income program as a second city launches its own with monthly payments of $500.
The most recent pilot program was approved last week and 125 participants are expected to receive money for a year.
The El Monte California City Council is moving forward with a contract with RAND Corporation that will be fully funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.
“This is one of the most direct ways to deploy ARPA funds to the most vulnerable residents of our El Monte community,” said City Manager Alma Martinez.
“We are proud to partner with RAND, one of the most respected research organizations that will administer and evaluate the pilot program.”
To be eligible for the program, participants must be female heads of household with no spouse present to provide assistance.
Participants must also be El Monte residents with children under 18.
Participants must also have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic with a verified family income at or below the poverty line.
Outreach and registration for the program is expected to be launched by officials in May.
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles County program will begin accepting applications on March 31.
The Los Angeles pilot program will give 1,000 randomly selected residents $1,000 a month for three years.
To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old and have a family income of less than $56,000 for a single person or $96,000 for a family of four.
The person must also have suffered the negative effects of the pandemic.
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 13.
Another guaranteed basic income program was launched by the city of Los Angeles last year.
“We look forward to joining other cities across the United States who are using their valuable resources to strive to make a difference in their communities by exploring new models of direct support for those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.” , the city of El Monte said. director said of the latest program.
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