Long Beach’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will Start Taking Applications this Month
Long Beach’s guaranteed income pilot program, the Long Beach Pledge, is set to begin accepting applications this month. The program will provide 250 single-parent families living in the 90813 ZIP code with $500 monthly payments for a year.
To be eligible for the Long Beach Pledge, residents must be single parents and live at or below the poverty line in the 90813 ZIP code, which includes the lower Westside, the Washington neighborhood, Cambodia Town and MacArthur Park. The 90813 ZIP code was chosen because the area has the highest concentration of poverty within the city and was one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Families that are chosen will also receive tools to help them succeed along with their monthly payments including financial counseling and supportive services. Those services could include free childcare, transportation support, workforce training and support for digital inclusion like cell phones and internet connection.
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