Los Angeles County’s supervision board will vote on a proposal which will establish a “poverty alleviation policy agenda” and seeks to give direct payments to some residents living at or below the poverty line.
The proposal will “explore guaranteed income and other measures of poverty alleviation as permanent County policy, not just as an emergency measure to help with this crisis.”
“For the past five decades, the Black unemployment rate has remained close to double the white unemployment rate, even in labor markets where overall unemployment rates were in the very low single digits.1 Racial discrimination by employers continues to be a significant factor. Housing discrimination and exclusionary zoning have kept Black families and other families of color locked out of neighborhoods from which good jobs, good schools, parks, and community amenities are easily accessible. We must fundamentally shift the idea that people who face financial insecurity have somehow failed, and instead recognize that it is the inequity and lack of access built into our economy and government assistance programs that have failed us.”
County Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl emphasized in their proposal that “economic inequity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our County’s public health, resulting in large disparities in family stability, economic stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, public safety, criminal justice and housing.”
If approved, the plan would cost $36 Million dollars and provide basic income to about 1000 residents. The county would need to raise the amount needed.