Eligible residents in California will receive $500 for 6 months as part of the Oakland Resilient Families.
$500 for American Families in California
An amount of $500 in monthly payments will be given to low-income American families for six months or until June. This is part of the Oakland Resilient Families guaranteed basic income pilot in California.
According to a published article in The U.S. Sun, this is the second time that a $500 monthly payment will be given to selected American families in California. The first group of recipients was people of color.
During the first phase of the distribution of $500 monthly payments, around 300 benefited from it for 18 months. However, there was an anonymous donation that will give another payment to 300 families.
Eligibility for the $500 Monthly Payment
Since there are only 300 families who can receive $500 monthly payments until June this year, there are a set of criteria that they need to meet. In a published article in The Mercury News, these are the following:
- Low-income residents
- Earnings must have been 138 percent or less than the federal poverty level.
- For a household of four, the maximum income allowed for families was $36,570.
- To qualify eligible residents applying must have had at least one child in the household that’s 17 years old or younger.
Furthermore, it is also not clear if the $500 monthly payment will continue after six months or until June this year. The Oakland Resilient Families is an initiative of Mayor Libby Schaaf who was able to raise an amount of $6.7million in private donations.
Jesús Gerena, the chief executive officer of the organization that’s an advocate for empowering low-income Americans, said, “There has to be a policy measure from the government to help support the longevity of this work.”
Furthermore, new city Mayor Sheng Thao, who was sworn into office in January did not yet give any comments if the program will continue.