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Former foster youth in San Francisco get $1,200 monthly income in pilot program

Governor Gavin Newsom stands in front of a painting wearing a navy blue suit jacket, a white collared shirt and a blue patterned tie.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a pilot program Friday that will provide a $1,200 monthly income to 150 former foster youth in San Francisco.

San Francisco will provide 150 former foster youth guaranteed incomes of $1,200 a month under a state-funded pilot program announced Friday.

The program, financed through the California Department of Social Services, “will provide unconditional, individual, regular cash payments intended to disrupt poverty, advance equity and support the basic needs of recipients,” according to a press release from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

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The pilot program will run for 18 months. A sister program will provide $1,000 monthly payments to 150 recipients in Ventura County.

The programs follow other guaranteed income pilot projects, including a 2020 universal basic income program for transition-age foster youth in Santa Clara County led by state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose.

He said he “personally witnessed the life-changing impact of guaranteed income through programs we launched right here in Santa Clara County—the power to break cycles of poverty, provide economic stability and to, ultimately, change lives.”

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