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

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

3202

participants

$1,000

monthly payment

1 Year

duration

$38,424,000

invested in community

Pilot Features  
Number of participants3202 individuals
Median Household Income$11,097 per year
Amount$1,000
Frequencymonthly
Program DatesJanuary 2022- March 2023
EligibilityResident of Los Angles, 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 the 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 9/28/2022.

Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart show 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 monthly guaranteed income payments.

Spending breakdown

Food and groceries accounted for the largest share of spending, at 34.94%, followed by Retail sales and services (34.23%) and Transport related expenses (11.91%).

“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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