Palm Springs looks to create a universal basic income pilot for trans residents


The Palm Springs City Council has approved funding for two local organizations to develop a universal basic income program for the California city’s transgender and nonbinary residents.

The city council unanimously approved allocating $200,000 for DAP Health and Queer Works in late March. But this was just the first step to develop the program, which would provide a regular no-strings-attached stipend.

The two organizations are now in the works to design the pilot program. They aim to apply for a piece of $35 million in state funding — set aside for universal basic income programs — sometime later this year.

The work to develop this program comes as conservative legislatures across the U.S. implement laws targeting transgender people.

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