The deadline is approaching for Los Angeles residents to apply for a chance to receive $ 1,000 monthly payments under the city’s new guaranteed income pilot program.
To be eligible for the cash deposits, eligible residents must submit their information and complete a survey on bigleap.lacity.org before the 10-day application window closes, which will be at. 23:59 Sunday.
About 3,000 families will be selected to receive payments of $ 1,000 for 12 months under the BIG: LEAP program. There are “no ties,” and residents will be able to spend the money they choose, according to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
An additional 3,500 participants will be invited to act as a control group for the research component. The city will study the effects of the program and see the changes between people who had and did not have access to the monthly cash infusion.
Only residents who meet the eligibility requirements to participate should apply.
To be eligible, you must:
- Lives in the city of Los Angeles
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have at least one breadwinner under the age of 18 or a student under the age of 24, or be pregnant
- Has an income level that falls below or below the federal poverty level (see chart here)
- Has experienced COVID-related financial and / or medical difficulties
Only those who find that they meet the criteria for the program can complete the application on the website (available) here). Once their eligibility is established, the applicant will be directed to a long questionnaire which officials say takes about 30 minutes to complete.
When summer time ends at 02:00 on Sunday, residents will have an extra hour to submit their application. Anyone who needs help with the process is encouraged to call 311.
The city also selects participants at random, so it does not matter when the individual submits the application, provided it is before the deadline.
Only applicants selected for the Guaranteed Basic Income Program – including those selected for the Control Group – will be notified. It is expected to happen in January, when the payments are scheduled to start.
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