L.A. to give $1,000 monthly payments to thousands in guaranteed income program; applications open Friday

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Starting Friday, Los Angeles residents will be able to apply for a chance to receive $1,000 monthly payments as part of a 12-month pilot guaranteed income program.

The program, dubbed BIG:LEAP, will provide more than 3,200 people with the unconditional direct cash payments for one year.

Officials said there will be no restrictions on how the money can be spent.

In a news conference announcing the program Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti called it the “the largest guaranteed basic income program anywhere in the United States of America.”

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The program will begin accepting applications Friday, before the window closes on Nov. 7. Those interested will be able to apply online on bigleap.lacity.org.


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