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Los Angeles could offer thousands of poor residents $1,000 a month, 'no questions asked'

Added 04-20-21 08:14:02pm EST - “"$1,000 a month to 2,000 households for an entire year," Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday, "no questions asked."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Los Angeles could offer thousands of poor residents $1,000 a month, 'no questions asked'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Over one in five residents of Los Angeles live in poverty, making it one of the poorest big cities in the nation — a fact most visible in the tens of thousands of people who sleep on its streets every evening. But some could soon receive a cash infusion from their government.

"$1,000 a month to 2,000 households for an entire year," Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday, "no questions asked."

In his annual "state of the city" address, Garcetti outlined a $24 million proposal to lift up the city's poor residents without the bureaucracy of traditional welfare programs, which tie assistance to specific goods, such as food or housing. The aid, according to LAist, will be directed to families that live at or near the federal poverty line.

The "direct help," Garcetti said, will "begin to tear away at poverty in our city and show this nation a way to fulfill Dr. King's call for a basic income once and for all."

In the 1970s, Dr. Martin Luther King advocated for a guaranteed income equivalent equal to the median wage, which would be over $30,000 today. Garcetti's proposal will only make a dent in a region where hundreds of thousands of people live in poverty.

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