Breathe: LA County's Guaranteed Income Program

Breathe: Los Angeles County's Guaranteed Income Program, was launched in 2022 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: Hilda L. Solis, Holly J. Mitchell, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Kathryn Barger.




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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants1,000 individuals
Median Household Income$10,875 per year
Program DatesJune 2022-August 2025
EligibilityOver the age of 18; resident in a neighborhood identified as being at or below LA County’s Area Median Income (AMI); in a single person household that falls at or below AMI or in a household with two or more persons that falls at or below 120% AMI; have been financially negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and not concurrently participating in another guaranteed income program.

About Breathe: LA County's Guaranteed Income Program

Los Angeles County launched Breathe to provide its residents the chance to “breathe” easier knowing they are more financially secure. Breathe is a guaranteed income pilot project providing 1,000 eligible residents with $1,000 per month for three years. While the benefits of guaranteed income programs have been documented, this independent research project will study the effects of this type of program so the County and other jurisdictions can learn about the project’s impact on participants’ economic stability, as well as their overall health and well-being. To understand the average age, household size, children, gender, ethnicity, race, marital status, primary languages, and annual household income of participants of Breathe, select the “Get Demographic Data (PDF)” button below.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in Los Angeles County, CA. This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' pre-paid debit card that is loaded with guaranteed income payments monthly.

Spending breakdown

Food and groceries accounted for the largest share of spending, at 35.32%, followed by Retail sales and services (31.27%) and Transport related expenses (10.07%).


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Breathe: LA County's Guaranteed Income Program

Los Angeles County, CA

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