LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn to initiate the General Relief (GR) TAYportunity Guaranteed Income Demonstration Project. This is Los Angeles County’s first Guaranteed Income Demonstration Project.
“We have the blueprint to launch a guaranteed basic income program among a population that has not only been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but has also historically faced economic and social inequities,” shared Chair Solis. “For transition-aged youth, this pilot program will provide financial assistance and a support network that when combined with financial stability helps ensure the successful transition of youth into the community. I look forward to seeing this pilot program developed and implemented to serve as a model for how the County can continue to serve the immediate needs of our most vulnerable residents.”
Although economic security issues are not new challenges, they have been exacerbated since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This is especially true of young people, particularly transition age youth (or TAY) who receive General Relief (GR). To that end, they are the ideal demographic to pilot the GI concept as these young people transition into adulthood.
“Poverty is destructive. It can break spirits and destroy lives,” shared Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Government needs new and better strategies to stop the cycle of poverty and a guaranteed basic income program has real potential.”
This motion follows a report back issued by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) articulating a roadmap and outlining the benefits of implementing Guaranteed Income (GI) demonstration projects. This report back is a result of a motion set forth by Chair Solis on May 18th to develop a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot program in Los Angeles County.
The motion directs the Director of the Department of Public Social Services, in collaboration with the CEO’s Poverty Alleviation Initiative, to submit a high-level plan to the Board within 45 days for the creation of a three-year Guaranteed Income Demonstration Program (GIDP), for 150 Transition Aged Youth (TAY) individuals aged 18-24 who are currently receiving General Relief benefits while encouraging them to participate in the Department’s TAYportunity program. This pilot project will provide $1,204 ($1,000 for GI and $204 for CalFresh) to these individuals.
The motion would also delegate authority to the Chief Executive Office, in consultation with County Counsel, to execute agreements with a research institution, and/or other agencies that provide benefits counseling to assist in the creation and/or study the potential efficacy of the GIDP.
In addition, the motion directs County Counsel to review Chapter 2.102 of the County Code, which governs the General Relief program, and provide draft language for the Board’s consideration to ensure that youth receiving GR and involved in the TAYportunity program can participate in the GIDP with no impact on their benefits. This draft language should be provided within 45 days.
To view the full motion, click here.
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Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov