Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG:LEAP)

Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG: LEAP) was launched in 2022.

3,200

participants

$1,000

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$38,424,000

invested in community

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Pilot Features  
Number of Participants3,200 individuals
Median Household Income$11,097 per year
Amount$1,000
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesJanuary 2022-March 2023
EligibilityResident of Los Angeles, 18 years or older, with at least one dependent child (younger than 18 or a student younger than 24) or are pregnant, with income at or below the federal poverty level.

About Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG:LEAP)

Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG:LEAP) is administered by the Los Angeles Community Investment for Families Department, whose goal is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through innovative programs and policies. As housing prices rise, about one in two Angelenos spend most of their income on rent. One in ten Angelenos don’t know where their next meal will come from. Paying for school supplies, medical expenses, and car payments are among the necessities people in poverty must sacrifice. Living paycheck-to-paycheck means the overwhelming and costly demands of the present supersede any hope of saving for the future. In response, BIG:LEAP payments are unconditional and direct, allowing Angelenos experiencing poverty to meet their most pressing needs. Participants are located throughout the City of Los Angeles, but are concentrated in the Council Districts with greater levels of poverty. In addition to fighting economic inequality at the local level, BIG:LEAP hopes to add to the research on Guaranteed Income programs and contribute to the national narrative on why such programs are an effective complement to the social safety net.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Demographic Data for Pilot Participants

Median Annual Household income

BIG:LEAP

$11,097

Los Angeles, CA

$76,135

Annual Household Income (Mean)

$14,585

Sample Size

3202

Avg. Age of Respondent

38

Avg. Children in Household

2

Avg. Household Size

3

gender

Male

19.68%

Female

79.92%

Other

0.40%

marital status

Married

21.56%

Single

65.14%

Partnered/In-Relationship

13.30%

children in household

Yes

92.75%

No

7.25%

race

White

12.08%

African American

29.20%

American Indian/Alaska Native

1.34%

Asian

3.65%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.46%

Latino

48.58%

Other/Mixed

53.27%

ethnicity

Hispanic

59.40%

Non-Hispanic

40.60%

primary language at home

English

66.67%

Spanish

28.64%

Other

4.69%

Economic Context for Pilot Participants

The guaranteed income pilot launched during a period of dynamic change and economic challenges for pilot participants. The chart below situates this pilot in the context of unemployment and inflation.

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Spending Breakdown

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

Spending breakdown

Retail sales and services accounted for the largest share of spending, at 33.21%, followed by Food and groceries (32.88%) and Transport related expenses (10.11%).

Antonio

“BIG:LEAP has been able to help with paying overdue bills and food for my three daughters.”

Antonio

Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG:LEAP)

Los Angeles, CA

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