Sacramento County approves guaranteed income program

ABC News

In a few months, Sacramento County will launch its guaranteed income program.

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Family First Sacramento pilot program on Tuesday. Families will receive a basic income of $725 every month for a year.

Michelle Callejas, director of the Department of Child, Family and Adult Services with Sacramento County, said during the board meeting this program is meant to promote family stability and self-sufficiency.

Callejas says it aims at helping African American and Native American families with children between zero to five years old living in 95823 (Valley High) and 95828 (Florin), 95815 (North Sacramento), 95838 (Del Paso Heights), and 95821 (Arden Arcade) areas, as well as the Wilton Rancheria tribe.

“These are families that are living within high rates of poverty across all the zip codes,” said Callejas during Tuesday’s board meeting. “In this case, African American and Native American children zero to five and their families are most disproportionately impacted by the child welfare system.”

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