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Some low-income families may qualify for $1,000 cash payments every month, is yours one?

There are thousands of families that may qualify for a chance to get $1,000 per month for one year through a new pilot program.

Applications are being accepted in the City of Los Angeles from households that currently reside there.

The program is called BIG:LEAP, or Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot.


The program was just approved on Oct. 26, so applications began within three days of approval.

Applications will be accepted from Oct. 29 until Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

LA residents are asked to call 311 if they need assistance and will be given information on how to speak with a community partner who can help.

3,200 families will be chosen at random by the Center of Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

Qualifications are:

  • Be a resident of Los Angeles
  • Be 18 or older
  • Have at least one dependent or be pregnant
  • Income must be at or below poverty level
  • You must have experienced economic or medical hardship caused by the pandemic

This pilot program was created because data shows that two out of every ten LA residents lives in poverty.


Families chosen will receive the cash payments with no restrictions on how to spend the money. This money can help with food, rent, bills, and medical costs.

In January the randomly selected families will be notified by the city with the information provided on the application.

Once all notifications are complete it will show on the city’s website.

Benefits counseling will also be provided to those that receive the $1,000 per month.

Related: Guaranteed income payments of $1,000 dollars a month are going to thousands of families, is yours one?



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