(TheConservativeNews.org) – San Francisco launched its Guaranteed Income For Transgender People program Tuesday, which will give $1,200 per month to 55 San Francisco residents who earn less than $600 monthly and identify as transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming or intersex, according to the program’s website.
The program will prioritize illegal immigrants, people involved in prostitution, non-English speakers, disabled people and the homeless, according to the program website.
Those selected through the current application process will be part of a pilot program lasting 18 months, though the program will be extended depending on city funding.
In a statement, the City of San Francisco said: “GIFT is one of several programs the City is developing, implementing, and evaluating to identify how to best support San Francisco residents and promote economic stability and recovery.”
The city also said that the new pilot program is the first guaranteed income initiative to focus solely on transgender people and will provide 55 eligible participants with temporary income. Additionally, the city said it will provide the same individuals with “wrap-around” direct services, such as gender-affirming medical and mental health care, case management, specialty care services and financial coaching.
The application also adds an extensive list of identity labels.
Recipients will be required to stay in the San Francisco area to continue receiving funding, though they’re allowed to independently earn up to $4,000 monthly, according to the site.
The money will be disbursed through Visa gift cards that are automatically reloaded each month.
Recipients will not have to report their spending, but will be required to fill out a survey on the program’s impact every three months.
Funding will come from various city government entities including the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Lyon Martin Community Health, the city’s Transgender District and the Office of Transgender Initiatives.
Palm Springs, California, planned a similar program in April which will offer transgender residents $900 per month.