The nation’s largest guaranteed income pilot program is being offered in Los Angeles, and applications are now being accepted. According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 3,000 families will be selected to participate in BIG: LEAP and will receive $1,000 payments each month for a year with no limitations on how the money is used. The 10-day application period started at 8 a.m. on Friday and runs through Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m. No matter when a resident applies over that time period, they will all be chosen at random.
3,500 more individuals will be invited to serve as a control group for the research component, and 6,500 residents will be chosen to participate in the pilot program’s study, with about 3,000 households receiving the monthly cash injection.
How to apply for BIG: LEAP
the application process for BIG: LEAP
- It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to ascertain their eligibility for the program as the first step in the procedure.
- The following five criteria must be satisfied:
- You are a Los Angeles resident.
- Your age is at least 18.
- You are pregnant, have a student under the age of 24, or at least one dependent under the age of 18
- You make less than the federal poverty level, if not less (see chart here)
- Financial or medical difficulties brought on by COVID have affected you
- Only individuals who are eligible for the program should apply, according to city officials.
Filling out the application
After determining their eligibility for the program, residents can start filling out the online application (which can be found here). To ensure that they are eligible for the program, applicants must complete a pre-screen form that includes a number of questions. The data sought includes the person’s date of birth, ZIP code, whether they are pregnant or have any dependents, the family’s income, and whether they have suffered any physical or financial consequences of the pandemic.
Following confirmation of eligibility, the applicant will be automatically forwarded to a survey that gathers data for the study. Filling and completing the survey takes about 30 minutes.
The website states that among other possible topics, questions will often be related to things like physical and mental health, wellbeing, job, and family ties. Adults are urged to complete the survey in solitude as some of the information requested is of a personal nature.
According to officials, the applicant’s responses have no bearing on their selection and are simply shared with the research team. Anyone who needs assistance using the application can call 311 for support.
In January 2022, participants chosen to engage in the study’s research component as well as applicants who are chosen to take part in L.A.’s guaranteed basic income program will be notified.
No notification will be given to those who are not selected for either.
Also set to begin in January of 2019 is the program. The city has created a page with commonly asked questions regarding the BIG: LEAP program for further details. It is available here.