Low-income Americans in California have only a few days left to apply for two guaranteed income programs that offer monthly payments of $500 each. The programs aim to help residents with basic needs such as food and energy costs.
First Guaranteed Income Program in California
The first program, run in the city of El Monte, offers eligible residents $500 in monthly payments for a year. To qualify, applicants must be single females with no partner in the household and have children under 18 living with them. They also need to have an income at or below the federal poverty level, which is $30,000 for a four-person family.
Additionally, applicants must provide supporting documents to prove income, identification, school enrollment, residency, and the need for financial assistance during COVID-19. The deadline to apply is April 15, and a total of 125 applicants will be randomly selected for the $500 monthly payments. Applications can be submitted in person, online, or by mail, The U.S. Sun reports.
Second Guaranteed Income Program in California
The second program is run by the city of Sacramento and the nonprofit United Way. To qualify for the $500 in monthly payments for a year, applicants must live in Sacramento and meet certain income requirements. Single adults must make less than $28,205, and the income limit increases for households with children.
Eligible residents can apply online until April 15, and a total of 80 participants will be selected to participate. The first batch of payments is scheduled to go out on July 1, according to a published article in Sacramento Bee.
These guaranteed income programs are part of a growing trend across the United States to address income inequality and poverty. They offer a lifeline to those who are struggling to make ends meet and help to ensure that basic needs are met.