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UBI: 15,000 California residents to get $1,000 monthly payments

The universal basic income program in California could help around 15,000 people in need.

UBI program

Eligible participants will get $1,000 a month for five months.


When will the payments from the Direct Assistance Program be available?

Who qualifies?

The Senate has passed a bill that would help students in California that are suffering from homelessness. If it is signed into law, the universal basic income (UBI) program would give $1,000 a month to needy students for five months. Find additional details here.

Census data found that nearly 15,000 high school seniors suffered homelessness during the 2020-2021 school year.

In order to qualify, you need to be enrolled in 12th grade and homeless. The state trusts that these young students will use the money to make “important financial decisions about their future.”

You’ll need to fill out a Student Aid Application or California Dream Act application to be considered. The payments will not be considered income and won’t impact eligibility for other state benefits or assistance programs. If passed, the payment dates for 2023 will be:

  • April 1
  • May 1
  • June 1
  • July 1
  • August 1

The bill will be heard by the State Assembly next.


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