Sacramento families now can apply for $500-a-month basic income program

Qualified city of Sacramento households now can apply for $500 of unconditional guaranteed income each month for one year.

The program is funded by the City of Sacramento in partnership with United Way California Capital Region.

“Investing directly in people is the right thing to do, and we will continue to be at the forefront of this movement,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Eligible applicants must live in the City of Sacramento and meet household income requirements. The online application will be open until April 14 at 11:59 p.m. Qualifying households will be selected randomly and confirmed by the end of May. Payments will start in July.

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“With rising housing, food, gas and electricity costs, too many residents of our state’s capital are struggling to make ends meet,” said Dr. Dawnté Early, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Through this second round of funding, United Way’s Guaranteed Income Program will continue to address poverty directly by giving even more community members money to meet basic needs, no strings attached.”

The City of Sacramento allocated $750,000 in American Rescue Plan dollars to expand United Way’s Guaranteed Income program.

United Way’s Guaranteed Income program is the first of its kind in the California capital region. United Way launched the program in July 2021 with a portion of the $10 million gift it received from renowned philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in December 2020.

United Way will partner with Sacramento State University to conduct a detailed study of the second round of households that will look at what these direct assistance payments will allow people to achieve in terms of financial stability while also examining how to improve the process for future guaranteed income programs cohorts.

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