LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, on developing a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot program in Los Angeles County.
“As the County transitions out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to support the recovery of our residents coping with the disproportionate financial impact brought on by this past year to help rebuild our communities,” said Chair Solis. “One such tool to assist vulnerable residents and place them on a path to economic mobility, is the development of a GBI program. With the highest poverty rate in California at 22.3%, the County should explore partnering with the State on this initiative. A well-crafted GBI program spearheaded by DPSS has the potential to assist vulnerable populations to meet basic needs and be placed on a path to economic mobility.”
The GBI concept has been put to use in many jurisdictions and research has shown that when given unrestricted payments, recipients are able to create economic stability for themselves. Unconditional payments has shown promising results that enabled recipients to find full-time employment, allowed for goal setting and risk taking, and improved overall well-being. Additionally, Governor Newsom’s May Revision Budget includes $35 million over five years to pay for Universal Basic Income Pilot Programs. These pilot programs would be locally administered, require a local-match commitment, and target low-income residents.
The passage of this motion instructs the County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), and in consultation with other departments as appropriate, to report back in 60 days on a comprehensive roadmap to implement a GBI program, and include the process for implementing GBI, coordination with the State’s Universal Basic Income program, what it takes to fund this program, any funding considerations, approvals needed, any required waivers, wrap around services to enhance program outcomes including financial coaching, and the populations that could be served. The motion also instructs DPSS to develop options and report back within 120 days for demonstration projects to test the GBI concept with various populations regardless of immigration status such as CalWORKs families, transition-aged youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals on General Relief, low-income individuals, along with the type of funding and amount of recurring cash being proposed to support these demonstration projects.
To view the full motion, click here.
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov