Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Applications Are Now Closed

We hope to notify selected participants by January 2022. Once all participants are notified, we will update the website. For additional resources, please click here.

How will I know if I’ve been selected for the pilot?

In Mid January, participants that were randomly selected will be contacted by the City through the contact information provided at the time of application. 


How many participants will be selected and by whom?

Approximately 3,000 participants will be chosen at random by the Center of Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania to receive the $1000 per month for 12 months. Additionally, roughly 3,500 applicants will be randomly selected to participate in the research component of the program only called a Control Group (no monthly cash deposit).


What is a control group for? Is there a benefit for participating?

This program is a research study. A “control group” is a group of participants in the research study who will not receive monthly cash deposits, but will participate in surveys and interviews about wellbeing. This allows us to compare information with the “treatment group” who is the group selected to receive the monthly cash deposit.  This will help us see the changes each group had depending on their access to the monthly cash deposit. Participants for the control group will be randomly selected and invited. If an individual chooses to participate in the research study as part of the control group, they will receive a $30 gift card for each survey completed (there will be three opportunities). This first application/survey will not be compensated.


If selected to participate in the program, how much money will I receive? Does the money have to be used in a certain way?

BIG:LEAP participants will receive a no-strings-attached $1000 cash deposit for 12 months. Participants can use the money however they see fit to meet their needs.


I haven’t heard from anyone yet - does this mean I haven’t been chosen?

We will be updating this website once all notifications are complete. If you check the website and it says we have finished notifications to participants, but you have not been contacted, then you have not been selected to participate. 


I was not selected to participate but I still need help, are there any resources available to me?

Yes, there are many programs available throughout the City of Los Angeles that we want to make sure you can access. Visit the resource page to learn more about what programs and resources are available.


Will this impact public benefits? 

All participants selected will receive benefits counseling to avoid disruption of benefits.


What are the requirements to apply?

Applicants must reside in the City of Los Angeles, be 18 years of age or older, have at least one dependent child OR be pregnant, have income at or below the federal poverty level, and have experienced economic and/or medical hardship related to COVID-19. For purposes of this study, guaranteed income will be given to one recipient per family.

All Angelenos are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.


How do I know that I've successfully applied?

Once you have submitted the UPenn research survey, you will see a confirmation message on your screen that says: “We thank you for the time spent completing this application survey! This message confirms that your application has been received and recorded. If you are selected to participate in the study, you will be contacted at a later date." You do not need to do anything else to apply. You will not receive further confirmation and you are unable to edit your submission.

BIG:LEAP Introduction Video

Information on Los Angeles's BIG:LEAP, the largest guaranteed basic income pilot in the country.

Video de Introducción al BIG:LEAP

Información sobre BIG:LEAP de Los Angeles, el programa más grande de ingreso básico garantizado en el país.