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Bill in Deep Blue State Would Pay Homeless People $1,000 a Month

FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo a woman eats at her tent at the Echo Park homeless encampment at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday, May 11 to confront the state's homelessness crisis. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The state of Oregon is weighing a bill to give homeless and low-income people $1,000 a month in universal basic income.

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill to establish a People’s Housing Assistance Fund Demonstration Program through the state’s Department of Human Services.

Oregon’s bill is the latest in blue states looking to give handouts to people in universal basic income (UBI) programs.

According to Bill Track 50, the legislation would “provide 12 monthly payments of $1,000 to individuals who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, are severely rent burdened or earn at or below 60 percent of area median income.”

The bill would require a study on who is receiving the money broken down among a few demographics, including race, veteran status and risk of domestic violence.

Additionally, the bill sunsets in January 2026.

The $1,000 payments can be used at recipients’ discretion, but supporters say it will be used toward rent and other living expenses.

However, that discretion could backfire as some recipients could use the money for other costs like alcohol or drugs.

Oregon is not the first place to consider universal basic income payments.

A California city is planning to give universal basic income to transgender and non-binary residents.

Transgender residents in Palm Springs, California, are eligible to receive UBI of up to $900 per month solely for identifying as transgender or non-binary – no strings attached.

The new pilot program will have $200,000 set aside for allocation after a unanimous vote by the Palm Springs City Council last week.

READ 31 COMMENTS
  • Auntie Vyris says:

    Cool! An extra grand can buy a lot of beer, meth, and fenty!

  • Nate says:

    The “homeless” may get $1,000.00 per month? That’s more than most Social Security recipients receive after working 40 years of their life!

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