SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — A $25 million grant will be provided to fund seven guaranteed income pilot projects across the state of California, according to California State Senator Dave Cortese’s office.

The California Department of Social Services will be providing direct assistance through monthly cash payments in amounts ranging from $600 – $1,200 to at least 1,975 residents of California. This program is aimed specifically at supporting transition-age foster youth and pregnant women.

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Sen. Cortese authored the bill that provided this funding, SB 739, the Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Foster Youth Act in 2021. SB 739 incorporated $35,000,000 into the 2021 budget for the first investment into the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program.

I am pleased to see the legislative framework we proposed, modeled after our successes in Santa Clara County, be implemented statewide so that families can meet their basic needs and achieve stability and success. Through the Governor’s leadership, the state is leading the nation in providing new opportunities for individuals to exit poverty and advance themselves.

Sen. Dave Cortese

Back in 2020, Sen. Cortese also supported the creation of Santa Clara County’s universal basic income program that serves transition-age foster youth within the county. The program was the first basic income program in the nation to provide funding in this way, according to Sen. Cortese’s office.