Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on readying for the State of California’s Guaranteed Income Program application, which will make available $35 million over a five-year span for cities and counties to support pilot programs that prioritize youth who recently exited the foster care system and pregnant individuals:

“This motion follows the bold action from this Board to launch not one, but two guaranteed basic income programs for our residents. Although we will be evaluating these programs closely, we expect them to be successful as they aim to provide the support and dignity our residents deserve,” shared Chair Solis. “However, it is critical that we do everything possible to prepare our County departments to be ready to apply for the State of California’s grant once it is available. As the largest child welfare system in the state, with a quarter of the state’s foster children, we have a responsibility to ensure this additional resource is accessible for our most vulnerable.”

The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Office, working with the Countywide Poverty Alleviation Initiative, the Department of Children & Family Services, the Department of Public Social Services, and other relevant County departments, to coordinate the preparation of the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program application and apply once it becomes available.

To view the full motion, click here.