Are you eligible? – NBC 7 San Diego


Two members of the San Diego state delegation revealed details of a $ 1.4 million program to support the region’s first guaranteed income project on Friday.

San Diego for Every Child – a nonprofit coalition hosted by the Jewish Family Service of San Diego – received the money through the state budget and intends to select 150 families of color with at least a child under 12 living in San Diego or National City to receive cash payments of $ 500 for 24 months.

The money can be spent on things like food, repairing a car to get to work, medicine to treat a loved one, or rent.

“This year’s state budget is one of the fairest and most transformative budgets in California history,” said Pro Tempore Senate President Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego. “This allows for bold and unique investments in a generation.

“This initiative is designed to raise families in our region and fight against child poverty,” she added. In addition, the state is poised to invest an additional $ 35 million in state funding across California to support guaranteed income programs that are essential in providing a safety net for struggling families. while stimulating economic recovery. “

Atkins and Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, were instrumental in securing the $ 1.4 million, which will be used to help launch the project, including providing a portion of the cash payments that the participants will receive.

Additional funding for the program is provided through institutional fundraising and private philanthropy.

“It’s time to end the narrative that people living in poverty just have to work harder or make better choices,” Hueso said. “Income inequality is at its highest level since just before the Great Depression and is, at least in part, the result of the policies and laws of this country that perpetuate poverty and racial inequality.

“Guaranteed income programs like San Diego for Every Child can dramatically improve the well-being of families and are an important step in helping address some of the economic and social challenges we currently face in this country,” he said. he declares.

The program intends to focus specifically on families in Encanto, Paradise Hills, National City and San Ysidro.

“Social justice begins with economic equity,” said Khea Pollard, director of San Diego for Every Child. “Our Guaranteed Income Project is designed to support families who have not only been hit hardest by COVID-19, but who have struggled to make ends meet before.

“Similar programs statewide have proven that direct and unconditional cash programs lead to greater success for participants, alleviate cumbersome processes, and in turn enrich their personal and professional lives,” Pollard said.

The San Diego for Every Child eligibility survey for participation in the Guaranteed Income Project is open until Monday. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabic. Participants will be selected and contacted in January.

To learn more or to apply, visit sandiegoforeverychild.org.


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