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California approves first state-funded guaranteed income program for former foster youth

Foster Youth September 1st, 2021

Thirty-five million dollars in state funding will be used to provide monthly cash payments of up to $1,000 per month for former foster youth and qualifying pregnant people.

California recently approved the first state-funded guaranteed income program in the U.S., also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI). The legislation was passed unanimously in the Senate and Assembly and will provide monthly cash payments, likely to be between $500 and $1,000, to former foster youth and qualifying pregnant people. Local government agencies and organizations will apply for the state funding and set up programs at the local level. Unlike other safety net programs, there are no restrictions on how recipients can spend the money. Research from past pilot UBI programs show that recipients typically spend the funds on material needs such as food and utilities and were more likely to secure full-time jobs during their participation as compared to non-UBI recipients. Researchers attribute this to the fact that when people are not in survival mode, they have more ability to find and secure full-time work.

To learn more, click below to read about California’s UBI program at the Guardian: