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Open the door to a brighter future for your family. Check back here once applications open, to see if you qualify for this opportunity.

Applications Will Open March 15th, 2024

The Advancing Fresno County Guaranteed Income Program offers a monthly supplement of $500 for one year to 150 households with young children (5 and under) in southwest Fresno and Huron, addressing concentrated poverty in these areas. Applications open on March 15th, 2024 and initial payments commence in summer 2024.

Our Purpose: To provide a guaranteed monthly supplemental income to families with young children living in underserved areas of Fresno County

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

Families with young children living in
Southwest Fresno and Huron

Guaranteed monthly income of $500 per month for 12 months

Available to 150 households with young children

Eligible families must live in designated zip codes and earn 80% or less of the Area Median Income for their zip code

Application process begins on
March 15th

First monthly payments will begin in the summer

Similar to pilots in Stockton and increasingly across the country, this initiative has no requirements for how households spend these dollars, and we anticipate increased levels of health, happiness, financial stability, and full-time employment for recipients. The expanded Child Tax Credit in 2021 cut child poverty nationally nearly in half, but Congress has since let it expire and new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau found that child poverty more than doubled in 2022.

The program is being administered by Fresno EOC, with researchers at the Center for Community Voices at Fresno State serving as evaluation partners. The monthly payments are being supported entirely by private philanthropic funders.

We look forward to measuring the impact this program has on financial stability, health, stress, employment, and other indicators, so that we can help inform the future of anti-poverty investments like this one to reach more Fresno County families struggling to make ends meet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guaranteed Income?

Guaranteed Income is a monthly, supplemental cash payment to individuals living in vulnerable communities. It comes with no restrictions on how it can be spent and with no work requirements.

Programs in Stockton and across the country have consistently found it increased health, reduced stress, and income volatility, and increased full-time employment for recipients.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must meet each of the following requirements: 

    1. Residence: Eligible participants must have a residential address in the zip codes of either 93706 (southwest Fresno) or 93234 (Huron). For more information on why these two communities were selected, please see below.
    2. Children 0 to 5: Eligible participants must be adults who are either pregnant or have one or more young children between the ages of 0 to 5.
    3. Income: Finally, eligible participants must earn $30,615 or less annually for 93706 (southwest Fresno) or $35,103 or less for 93234 (Huron). Eligible income levels are based on the low-income percentage (80%) of the Area Median Income (AMI) for each zip code.

*These amounts are based on your pre-tax or gross income. 

Immigration status has no impact on your eligibility.

If you are selected, you will be asked to provide documentation that shows your current income levels, including employment income and any public cash benefits. 

What is the amount and length of the monthly stipend?

Selected participants will receive a monthly payment of $500 for 12 months (1 year). The first payments are anticipated to be issued in mid-June. 

Payments will be issued through a prepaid debit card and automatically reloaded each month.

How do I apply?

While the application process has not yet opened, online and in-person applications will be accepted starting on March 15th. A link to apply online will be found here. In-person applications can be submitted at designated locations in our project’s two priority zip codes:

    1. Southwest Fresno (93706):
      • Local Conservation Corps (LCC): 1805 E. California Ave.
      • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, Monday to Friday
    2. Huron (93234):
      • To be announced

Applications will be available in multiple languages. In-person support will be available at the designated locations. If you have any questions, you can email guaranteedincome@fresnoeoc.org

If I am selected, will this money impact my eligibility for other benefits like CalFresh and CalWORKs?

In order to mitigate any potential risk to eligibility for other benefits as a result of this money, we are working with the relevant public agencies to, where possible, apply for income exemption waivers. We have received a waiver from the California Department of Social Services to exempt this money from being counted as total household income for purposes of CalFresh and CalWORKs eligibility. If you are selected, a Fresno EOC navigator will discuss with you potential impacts for any other benefits you may currently receive.  

Your eligibility for any current benefits will NOT be affected by simply applying for this opportunity. 

How were the two zip codes identified?

According to the latest American Community Survey data, 93706 (southwest Fresno) and 93234 (Huron) are currently home to over 30% of residents experiencing poverty and have some of the highest levels of concentrated poverty in the city of Fresno and the westside of Fresno County, respectively. We hope to use the outcomes of this program to advocate for expanding the program to other areas of Fresno County in the future. 

How will participants be selected?

Our research partners at the Center for Community Voices at Fresno State will use a lottery process to select eligible applicants who have completed the intake process to participate in the program. An equal number of 75 participants each will be selected from southwest Fresno and Huron.  

If a selected application is ineligible or withdraws their application, we will randomly select additional applications and review those until 150 eligible applications have been enrolled. 

How will I know if I have been selected?

Selected applicants will be contacted and informed of their acceptance by email, phone call, and text by a Fresno EOC Navigator. We expect to begin contacting conditionally selected applicants potentially as early as mid-May 2024. 

NOTE: It is important that, if contacted, you respond promptly. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours of our first attempt to reach you, your application will be withdrawn, and another household will be randomly selected to take your application’s place. 

Where is the funding for this coming from?

The California Wellness Foundation is providing half of this project’s funding, along with support from The California Endowment, Central Valley Community Foundation, Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, with a total of more than $1 million raised. The Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, which will administer the program, is also providing financial and administrative support.

Is the program being evaluated?

Researchers affiliated with the Center for Community Voices (CCV) at Fresno State will conduct the local research evaluation, measuring the impact of the program on health, happiness, financial stability, employment, parental involvement, and other outcomes. They will use a randomized control trial (RCT) design for the study, with eligible applicants randomly selected to receive the cash transfers or participate in the control group. The CCV will also use a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) model to include participants in the study design and evaluation, and participants will be thought partners in how we take action on these findings. We plan to utilize the research findings and personal stories collected to help inform and build public support for sustaining and scaling investments like this in order to provide a safety net for more Fresno County households struggling to make ends meet.  

Eligible applicants not randomly selected to participate in the program may be invited to participate in the ongoing surveys. Survey participants (program participants and non- program participants who agree to participate in the surveys) will be compensated for their time through gift cards. 

Do program participants need to participate in surveys?

Participants and an equal number of selected non-participants are encouraged to participate in surveys. Four surveys will be sent out over the 12 months of the program via text and email and will take an estimated 15 minutes per survey to complete. 

 

Survey respondents will receive small incentives in the form of gift cards for completing surveys. Your participation in the study is very important for supporting future guaranteed basic income and other anti-poverty efforts in Fresno! 

Do I need to pay the money back?

No, you do not need to pay the money back.

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