Don’t sleep on this opportunity. LA County is about to launch a guaranteed income program, offering $1,000 a month for three years to 1,000 randomly selected people. The deadline is Wednesday, April 13.
“The financial uncertainty and varying depths of poverty that millions of our constituents experience day-to-day cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Now is our opportunity to invest in support that directly reaches our residents” , Los Angeles County Supervisory Board Chair Holly Mitchell previously spoke about the program.
Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl presented the program, and it was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 18, 2021.
To be eligible, LA County residents must meet several requirements to apply.
Here’s what you need to know.
How will the LA Guaranteed Income Program work?
The guaranteed income program will provide 1,000 selected eligible residents with $1,000 per month for three years.
What is a Guaranteed Income Program?
A guaranteed income program is a program designed to help residents by giving them a monthly cash payment with no conditions or rules on how to spend the money.
Guaranteed income is meant to be complementary and should not replace any other form of income in a household.
Who is eligible for Breathe?
Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age and have a family income of less than $56,000 for a single person or $96,000 for a family of four. Applicants must also have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Candidates must respect everything the requirements indicated on the program website in order to be eligible.
- Candidate must be at least 18 years old
- Must live in an LA County neighborhood that is at or below 100% of the county’s Median Household Income (AMI)
- Have been negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Have a household income at or below 100% of the county AMI for a one-person household, or have a household income at or below 120% of the county AMI for two-person households or more
- Not be currently enrolled in another guaranteed income program offered by the county, the city itself or another city, or a public or private entity
How to Apply for the LA County Income Program
The first step is to complete the online screening tool which checks if a person is eligible by fulfilling all the conditions.
If you meet all the requirements, the next step is to complete the online survey form.
This application form can be completed on a computer or mobile phone. If you do not have access to a device to complete online forms, the website provides resources where you can receive assistance in completing the application.
How can I contact someone to ask questions about this program?
You can call 213-342-1003 for more information.
How will the money be distributed?
The money will be released, with no strings attached, via a debit card provided by the county.
When will LA announce who was selected for Breathe?
One thousand applicants will be randomly selected for the program.
The time and date an individual submits their application will not affect their ability to be selected as long as they are within the application dates.
Have other cities launched programs like Breathe?
Breathe is a county-run program.
The city of El Monte is also launching a guaranteed income program. In the El Monte program, 125 eligible participants will receive $500 per month for one year. Outreach and enrollment in the program is expected to begin in May.
The town of Long Beach also aims to launch a guaranteed income program. Residents living below the poverty line in the 90813 zip code would be eligible to receive $500 per month for one year. More recently, the city was accepting applications from vendors to implement the program.
The City of Los Angeles launched a guaranteed income program in 2021 and applications closed in November.
Why did LA County start a Guaranteed Income Program?
LA County decided to launch this program after early research revealed that a program like this would be able to provide residents with financial stability. This would allow them to breathe easier, relieve stress, and fully participate in their community.