A new program for monthly payments is available to qualifying Americans for a limited time. The city of San Francisco, California, will offer money to select groups, including transgender residents.

People participating in the Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT) program will receive a monthly payment of $1,200. Lyon-Martin Community Health Services and the nonprofit Transgender District will work together to provide this universal basic income (UBI) for 18 months. 

Who is eligible for the program?

To qualify for this program, applicants must be transgender, non-binary, intersex, or gender nonconforming. They must also be at least 18 years old and living in San Francisco. At the time of their application, an applicant’s income must not exceed $600 per month.

A total of 55 individuals will be chosen to participate. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.

Applicants can apply online by providing personal information like first name, phone number, and email address. They will also need to submit supporting documents.

The list of documents required includes the following: 

Bank Statement(s)

C.A.P. award letters

Homeless verification letter

Income verification documents

Official mail

Pay Stubs

Photo identification

Proof of lease

Self-Attestation Letter

Student Financial Aid award letters

Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) award letters

W2 form

Along with personal information, applicants must be willing to complete new surveys every three months.  

Other UBI programs 

There are many other places across the country offering UBI.

West Hollywood, California, is targeting the LGBTQIA community with a program offering $1,000 payments for 17 months to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual. To qualify for the program, applicants must earn 50 percent of the median income of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Glendale. The deadline to apply was in March. The first monthly payment was scheduled to be sent out on April 15.

Officials in Coachella, California, have launched an income program that will give 140 families $400 a month for two years. The funds can be deposited into a checking account or loaded onto a prepaid card. Qualifying families will begin to receive assistance in January 2023. Applications closed on Friday, November 11.

Cook County, Illinois, is sending a notification to thousands of applicants about the selection of another guaranteed income pilot project. Qualifying households must have incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Most participants will get their first monthly payments of $500 in December.