California Announces First Federally Funded Guaranteed Income Program

Grants to fund pilot programs across California will make cash payments to meet the basic needs of pregnant individuals and former foster children

1,975 Californians — including former foster children and pregnant women — will be paid between $600 and $1,200 a month

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) announced its intention to award more than $25 million in grants for seven pilot Guaranteed Income projects statewide. These pilot projects will provide unconditional, individual, regular cash payments designed to eradicate poverty, promote equity and support the basic needs of recipients. These federally funded pilot programs will serve approximately 1,975 people across California with monthly payments ranging from $600 to $1,200 for periods of 12 to 18 months. All pilots will participate in program evaluation activities led by the Urban Institute and the University of California, Berkeley.

The California Guaranteed Income pilot program was created by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to provide grants to eligible entities for pilot programs and projects that provide participants with a guaranteed income. The CDSS prioritized funding for pilot projects that serve California residents who are pregnant or aging outside of extended care.

“We are excited to launch these groundbreaking pilots across California, and I want to thank the Governor and Legislature for another historic investment in the fight against poverty in California,” said CDSS Director Kim Johnson. “These pilot projects will serve as an important opportunity to assess the impact of economic intervention during key life transitions such as having a child or entering independence after an extended period of foster care.”

The pilots aim to build on the success and lessons learned from previous Guaranteed Income projects, including a pilot launched in Stockton known as Stockton Demonstration of economic empowerment.

“I’m proud to see my home state of California ushering in the Guaranteed Income Promise to build the financial resilience of our residents,” said Michael Tubbs, Special Advisor on Economic Mobility and Opportunity and Mayor for a Guaranteed Income Founder. “As we have seen with the pilot I have led as Mayor of Stockton, I am confident that these funds will provide vital support to families and strengthen our communities.”

The CDSS intends to award funds to these organizations in the following amounts:

  • Expecting Justice (Heluna Health DBA Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.) of $5,000,000. Pilot will provide $600 to $1,000 per month for 12 months to 425 pregnant people disproportionately affected by perinatal health disparities.
  • Inland Southern California United Way of $5,000,000. Pilot will feed 500 pregnant people and 150 former foster children on $600 a month for 18 months.
  • iFoster, Inc. of $4,763,010. Pilot will care for 300 former foster children on $750 a month for 18 months.
  • Los Angeles Section National Council of Jewish Women, Inc. for $3,681,949. Pilot will feed 150 pregnant diabetics with $1,000 a month for 18 months.
  • San Francisco Human Services Agency for $3,300,000. Pilot will care for 150 former foster children on $1,200 a month for 18 months.
  • McKinleyville Community Collaborative for $2,354,841. Pilot will feed 150 pregnant people on $1,000 a month for 18 months.
  • Ventura County Human Services Agency for $1,500,000. Pilot will provide $1,000 per month to 150 former foster children for 18 months.

For more information and future updates on the pilots, visit the following CDSS webpage.