APPLICATIONS are open for a guaranteed income program that will send $1,000 payments to eligible recipients for 17 months.
The first payments will be given out on April 15, according to the West Hollywood Pilot for Guaranteed Income (WHPGI).
Applications opened on Friday, February 25, and will be open through Sunday, March 6.
From those applications, 25 people chosen at random will qualify to receive $1,000 a month for 17 months through the California program.
Eligible applicants must be 50 years or older, live in West Hollywood and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA).
WHPGI found 43 percent of the 36,723 residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQIA, and 44 percent of residents living in poverty are older adults ages 55 and up.
The program is meant to ensure older people who identify as LGBTQIA have stable housing and an improved quality of life.
To qualify, annual household income must be equal to, or less than, very low income (50 percent area median income) for the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Glendale as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In a household of one, the income must be $41,400 or less.
In a household of two, the income must be $47,300 or less.
In a household of three, the income must be $53,200 or less.
In a household of four, the income must be $59,100 or less.
In a household of five, the income must be $63,850 or less.
Those who are chosen will receive a debit card linking to a bank account that receives those monthly payments.
Recipients do not need an existing bank account to receive the money.
Guaranteed income programs that provide a monthly cash stipend to accepted participants are expanding through cities and states nationwide.
In many cases, no strings are attached as to how participants use the income.
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