Words by Tess Becker
The cost of living crisis isn’t going anywhere and many places across the US are experimenting with ways to help people make ends meet.
In California, more than 12,000 people are receiving money with no strings attached from guaranteed income experiments.
Four years ago, Stockton launched a guaranteed income program that granted 125 households $500 a month, and since then experimental programs have been popping up around California.
CalMatters – a nonprofit news organization – put together a list of 40 similar programs around the state with ranging cash payments ranging from $300 to $1,800 and length with some being 6 months and others up to 3 years.
“All of these pilots are seeking to demonstrate what’s possible across the country for state and federal policy,” said Sean Kline, associate director of the Stanford Basic Income Lab, which is tracking more than 100 pilot programs across the country.
“It’s safe to say (California) is one of the states that has the greatest scope to fund a larger-scale version of these guaranteed income pilots.”
Find out more about the impact of CalMatters on its website.