The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this week approved $900,000 in funding for a pilot program believed to be the first of its kind in the country that will provide basic income to youths transitioning out of the foster care system.
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday in support of the measure introduced by Supervisor Dave Cortese to provide young adults ages 21 to 24 transitioning out of the foster care system unconditional cash payments of $1,000 per month from this June through May 2021.
Adding that the payments will “help them find a stable path to success, wellbeing and independence,” Cortese said in a news release:
“Youth transitioning out of the foster care system are a group of residents who are particularly in need of and deserve robust support.”
The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the understanding and implementation of universal basic income programs for all Americans, is partnering with Cortese’s office on the pilot program.
Cortese’s office says the county plans to do a “robust evaluation” of the pilot program after the fact and said it may serve as a template for the adoption of other basic income programs around the country.