SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – The City of Shreveport will open the application process for the Shreveport Universal Basic Income (UBI) program on Monday, January 10.
The pilot program is a joint effort between the Town of Shreveport, the Parish of Caddo and United Way of Northwest Louisiana.
The application period will last from 8:00 a.m. on January 10 to 11:59 p.m. on January 17. Those interested in applying can click here.
Of those eligible, 110 families will be selected to receive $ 660 per month for one year.
Residents of Shreveport who are single parents with an income below 120% of the federal poverty line. The program defines a single parent as a mother, father, step-parent, grandparent, guardian or legal guardian with a school-age child. The resident must be functionally single, whether married or not. If single, the resident cannot live with a partner.
“An estimated 25% of the citizens of Shreveport live in poverty and a guaranteed income would allow beneficiaries to meet their most urgent daily needs and unpredictable expenses. UBI with resources from the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center would create a catalyst for better educational outcomes, substantial improvements in physical and mental health, significant reduction in predatory debt, and greater confidence in meeting basic needs.
Mayor Perkins joined Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) in 2020. MGI is a coalition of mayors committed to advancing guaranteed federal income – direct, recurring cash payments to the poor and middle class. A guaranteed income is an unconditional, monthly cash payment made directly to randomly selected families or individuals.
Shreveport City Council approved a resolution to receive $ 500,000 from MGI for the program, and the Caddo Parish Commission approved the allocation of $ 432,000 for matching funds.
“It’s important to me to support low-income single-parent households with school-aged children who often struggle to make ends meet. Many people are working and still do not have enough funds to cover basic needs. In these difficult times, it is beneficial that we, as leaders, give as much hope as possible to help our communities. I see this pilot program as an investment tool. Especially for those who are not entitled to additional help. Providing unrestricted additional income could help a single parent pay for the expenses necessary to complete their education. Perhaps relieve the stress of not having sufficient funds to pay their bills. Or even help a kid with musical instruments, medical bills, dance lessons, uniforms / fees. The possibilities are endless and my colleagues and I are honored to be part of this initiative to help improve the quality of life for our citizens in Caddo Parish.
For those who need help completing the application, Centraide’s Financial Empowerment Center will accept walk-in visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The only day they will not be available is the last day of the application period, Monday January 17th, due to the holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ..
In-person assistance will also be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 at the Airport Park Recreation Center and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on January 13 at the David Raines Recreation Center.
Selected participants will be contacted approximately three weeks after the end of the application period.
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