Starting this week, Californians are set to receive $1,000 checks for the two-year universal basic income (UBI) program.
$1,000 Direct Payment for Two Years
The Silicon Valley Guaranteed Income Program will be sending out 150 Santa Clara County households experiencing or at risk of homelessness with a no-strings-attached income lock for 24 months. 10 to 15 families are about to receive their first payments.
According to the destination homes website, The direct payment program is designed to assist families in achieving housing stability as well as greater independence over their lives, finances, and future. Additionally, eligible participants will be evaluated to assess the effectiveness the program has on housing, economic stability, health, and overall well-being.
The evaluations will include 150 participants and there will be a control group of another 150 people who are receiving aid but not in the form of money. For two years range, they will be surveyed six times during the program and be compensated for their time.
Here’s How To Avail
The payments are no strings attached basis, which means the money is able spent however the recipients like. The Money will be given to those who are homeless or are unstably housed. Moreover, half of the participants are referred from the County’s Coordinated Entry System. Furthermore, families from e San Jose were recommended for the other half by the Sí Se Puede! Collective.
The Sí Se Puede! The Collective is made up of five organizations working in the Mayfair community, a neighborhood in East San José. 150 eligible families are still being contacted but ideally, they will all see the funds by early next year.