“Two nonprofit organizations are partnering to study best practices of successful initiatives nationwide and design pilot program.

On Thursday, March 24th, the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved the request of local nonprofit organizations DAP Health and Queer Works for $200,000 in funding to support the initial research and program design of a guaranteed income pilot program. The objective of the pilot program will be to provide direct financial assistance to marginalized local individuals in need for a likely period of 18 months.

The initial financial support from the City of Palm Springs will enable the two organizations to study best practices of successful initiatives nationwide, conduct local research, and gain local input to inform their design process. The organizations are also receiving pilot design guidance from the national agency Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI).

The potential guaranteed income pilot’s research and design phase is expected to last up to six months. One of the key outcomes of this phase will be a proposal that the two organizations will use to engage potential government and philanthropic financial underwriters for the pilot, including the State of California. The current state budget includes $35 million in funding for guaranteed income pilot programs. The California Department of Social Services is in the process of finalizing their funding criteria and is expected to issue their formal request for applications in the next several months. They have preliminarily indicated that a 50% funding match from other donors will be required…”

[Read the full article at daphealth.org]