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Breathe LA County will provide 1,000 county residents some financial breathing room with a stimulus check of $1,000 per month for three years. AFP

Residents of LA County will soon receive a stimulus check to provide them some "breathing room" to help their financial stability in a new guaranteed income pilot program called Breathe LA County.

The pilot program will provide 1,000 county residents that completed the application process and met all the necessary requirements with $1,000 a month for three years for a total of up to $36,000.

Breathe LA County will also help an additional 200 former Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) foster youth with $1,000 per month for two years.

"This type of program also offers people the opportunity to have time to complete their distance education, get job training and participate fully in their communities," the organization said in a statement.

Here's what else you should know about the pilot program.

Who is eligible for Breathe LA County?

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 21 years old and under 24 when applying.
  • Be a former Los Angeles County DCFS foster youth who was in care on or after their 19th birthday.
  • Live in a Los Angeles County neighborhood that falls at or below 100% of the County's Area Median Household Income (AMI)
  • Have a household income that falls at or below 100% of the County AMI, for a single person household or have a household income that falls at or below 120% of the County's AMI for households with two or more persons.
  • Have been negatively financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Not to be currently enrolled in another Guaranteed Income project offered by the County, city, or other public or private entity.

How to apply for Breathe LA County benefits?

The initial application process has closed. But the program announced it would have an extension, which is going to be available on its website for 14 extra days, between June 20 at 6:00 a.m. until July 3 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, visit the program's website here.

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