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TAYportunity Guaranteed Income Program

TAYportunity Guaranteed Income Logo. GROW logo. The application period is now closed.

Thank you for applying to the TAYportunity Guaranteed Income program! We have concluded our selection of eligible applicants. There was an overwhelming amount of interest.

The program will provide 300 randomly selected General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ages 18-24 years old, with:

● A monthly GI issuance of $1,000;

● Supplemental food assistance, should CalFresh benefits be adversely affected;

● Benefits counseling services, financial literacy, and money management support; and

● Exemptions from having to meet General Relief income, resource, and time limit requirements.

 

To keep the selection process fair, and to ensure that everyone that applied had an equal chance of being selected, our researcher Jain Family Institute conducted a lottery to select 300 applicants for the program, and we are in the process of contacting them. We estimate this process could take several weeks. During this process some applicants may decide not to participate in the program or drop out of the process for various reasons, therefore, we may have to randomly select additional applicants.  If you have not been contacted, it does not mean you have not been selected.  This is an ongoing process that has not been finalized.  Once this process is complete, we will send you another email.

Please Note: L.A. County will NEVER ask you to provide information over the phone, like an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), bank account information, or passwords.  DO NOT GIVE OUT THIS INFORMATION TO ANYONE REQUESTING IT.  If you receive a call claiming to be from L.A. County or one of its programs requesting such information, do not give out this information and report it to DPSS by calling (562) 908-6732.

Benefit Counseling

Benefits counseling services are available for the selected applicants to help them decide if they want to receive the monthly guaranteed income.  A benefits counselor will provide an overview of the impact the monthly payment may have on the public assistance benefits you may be receiving.

TAYportunity Program

TAYportunity is a special employment program for Transitional-Aged Youth selected for the TAYportunity GI Program and looking for work.  The purpose of TAYportunity is to help you explore new career opportunities in the areas of employment, apprenticeship training, or entrepreneurship and offers access to career readiness training and motivational training courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I’ve been selected as a participant?

A General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) TAYportunity Liaison will contact the selected applicants using the contact information provided on the application. It is highly encouraged that you provide current and accurate contact information.

 

Will I hear from someone if I wasn’t chosen?

An email will be sent to those applicants who are not selected. Additionally, DPSS will update this webpage once all notifications have been completed.

 

Who will I be engaging with if I am selected to participate?

A GROW TAYportunity Liaison will contact you if you are selected to participate. The GROW TAYportuntiy Liaison will:

● Ask if you are interested in receiving GI and explain the program.

● Ask if you are interested in receiving benefits counseling to receive information on the potential impact of GI on benefits outside of General Relief (GR).

● Give you information on financial literacy workshops that are available to you.

 

If you would like benefits counseling, the benefits counselor will:

● Send you a link thru Doodle, a free, web-based scheduling tool that will be used to schedule your upcoming Benefits Counseling session.

 

The financial literacy counselor will:

● Reach out to you to ask if you are interested in attending financial literacy workshops. After an initial one-on-one assessment to identify your financial goals, you will be offered monthly workshops that will teach you how to budget, open bank accounts, build savings, invest, purchase property, increase your credit score, and help you make responsible spending decisions.

 

If selected, how will I receive my Guaranteed Income allotments?

GI payments will be issued via your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card without interruption for the 36-month duration unless you meet one of the following reasons that would cause your GI payments to be terminated:

● Become incarcerated

● Become potentially eligible for the CalWORKS program

● Leave L.A. County or the State of California

● Become Approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

● Request to no longer receive GI

● Have passed away

 

Will my public benefits be affected by participating?

Your GR benefits will not be affected. However, some benefits outside of GR may be affected while others will not be affected at all.  Before accepting to receive the monthly GI, those selected will have an opportunity to talk to a benefits counselor to learn how the monthly GI could impact other benefits.

What should I do if my information changes?

If your contact information changes, please e-mail us at: GuaranteedIncome@dpss.lacounty.gov with TAYportunity GI question in the subject line, and “ONLY” your name and telephone number in the body. We will contact you. DPSS will authenticate you and will not respond to e-mails that contain more than your name and phone number.