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Palm Springs Implemented UBI Program, Providing A Bold $800 Monthly to All Residents

Palm Springs Implemented UBI Program, Providing A Bold $800 Monthly to All Residents
In a universal basic income system, all citizens or residents get a lump sum income regardless of need. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Residents of Palm Springs can now sign up for the Universal Basic Income pilot program as Palm Springs implemented UBI program.

The city of Palm Springs implemented UBI program and pays as run by Queer Works and DAP Health.

For 18 months, 30 Palm Springs residents will get $800 in cash monthly.

The implemented UBI program will get $500,000 from the city, the Queer Works website says.

You can find the application at https://v66gaifb115.typeform.com/to/pjTL7UZB.

Residents of Palm Springs who have been clients of QueerWorks or DAP Health and make less than $17,000 per year can participate in the pilot program. Thirty people will be randomly chosen to participate in the implemented UBI program.

There are no rules about how the monthly payment can be used in the implemented UBI program.

Palm Springs Implemented UBI Program, Providing A Bold $800 Monthly to All Residents

Palm Springs implemented UBI program and has been tried on a large scale. (Illustration by: Anna Parini)

Palm Springs implemented UBI program with these goals:

  • Clients of DAP Health and/or Queer Works or people who joined either organization by March 14
  • People whose incomes are up to 30% of Riverside County’s median income, which for a single-person household is less than $16,600 per year.
  • Live in Palm Springs, work there at least part-time, or spend most of their day there.

The deadline for applications is March 25. At first, the program was only for transgender and nonbinary people who lived in the area, but now anyone can join.

At the start of the application, people are asked to give their name, contact information, and preferred name and pronouns.

It then asks the applicant several questions about the criteria, such as how much money they make, if they get any help from the government, and if they are a client of DAP Health.

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The last few questions ask if the applicant is willing to take part in the required data collection, orientations, surveys, and meetings with a benefits counsellor.

All of these things are needed for the program to work. It also asks the applicant when in the month they would like to get their money.

Palm Springs Implemented UBI Program, Providing A Bold $800 Monthly to All Residents

UBI is a government scheme that gives all adults a set amount of money. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Participants who were chosen at random will be told between March 28 and 30. Enrollment and counselling about benefits will take place in April. On May 15, the first payment will be sent.

Health Assessment and Research for Communities, Inc. will work with Queer Works and DAP Health to find out how the implemented UBI program affects the lives and overall health of the people who take part in it.

Participants in the implemented UBI program must agree to take part in the study, which will involve surveys and data collection every month.

A press release says that the implemented UBI program is part of a greater effort by Queer Works, DAP Health, and councilmember Christy Holstege to help low-income families and individuals in Palm Springs with their economic and social problems.

Go to www.queerworks.org/ubi to find out more about the implemented UBI program.

The Palm Springs city council gave the program $500,000 last summer by a vote of 3 to 2.

Former City Councilmember Geoff Kors voted yes and said he supported funding the program because it would be a local test of programs that give money to people without the layers of bureaucracy that usually come with other programs that help struggling people with money.

Then-Mayor Lisa Middleton, on the other hand, said she would vote against it because she didn’t think guaranteed income programs could “scale up” enough to solve poverty in a long-term way that would be effective and workable.

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Palm Springs Implemented UBI Program, Providing A Bold $800 Monthly to All Residents

Universal basic income (UBI) is a social welfare idea in which all citizens of a given population routinely receive an unconditional transfer payment. (Photo: dreamstime.com)

Dennis Woods, who was on the council at the time, also voted no. He said that the city was already spending a lot of money on services for poor people, like the planned homeless navigation center, and that it shouldn’t put more money into a program that would only help a small number of people.

Woods, on the other hand, said that he thinks the city already spends a lot of money on services for poor people, like the homeless navigation center that is being built. He said that because of this, the city shouldn’t put so much emphasis on giving so much money to a small group of people.

Before that vote, the council had voted unanimously to give $200,000 to pay for the process of putting together an application to ask the state for $2 million to help pay for the program. DAP Health and QueerWorks were trying to get this money to help pay for the program.

The program and the city’s support for it also caused a lot of controversy on a national level. Most of the controversy was about DAP Health and Queerworks’ original idea for a program that would only give money to transgender and nonbinary residents.

When the city gave the $500,000, the  implemented UB program’s organizers said it would no longer be just for transgender and nonbinary people and that anyone who lived in Palm Springs and made less than $16,600 a year could now be eligible.

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