Yolo County Basic Income
Yolo County has the third highest poverty rate in the state at 20.6%. Among families with kids living in poverty, those in deepest poverty have children under the age of five. Poverty alleviation programs can exert a powerful impact on health, welfare and development, particularly for children. Accordingly, the Yolo FPRP has been structured to serve families with children under the age of five enrolled in the CalWORKs program. Yolo FPRP specifically targets those participating in CalWORKs HSP, which works to foster housing stability for families experiencing homelessness. These families receive traditional case management support and benefits through the CalWORKS program. The pilot provides the additional benefit of support payments that will put the total income of these families above the California Poverty Measure for a full two years.
Yolo County Supervisors approved investing in Yolo FPRP as described above to support families most in need starting in 2021. The Yolo County Health and Human Services (HHS) Department will manage program implementation, thereby leveraging existing staffing and resources and minimizing overhead costs. The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) will lead a team of interdisciplinary researchers to develop methodology for identifying indicators and evaluating outcomes using quantitative data from local, state, and federal sources and qualitative data from surveys, interviews, and focus groups. The implementation and evaluation team also includes community partners such as Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA), Yolo Food Bank, and Yolo First 5. Community partners are involved in program design and implementation, as well as research methodology development, data collection, and analysis and interpretation. Most importantly, the implementation and evaluation team will include families that have met the criteria for the target study group. As such, this comprehensive implementation and evaluation team includes Yolo County HHS as the responsible public agency; the UC Davis Center for Regional Change as the research and evaluation partner; several community-based social service organizations; and representatives from the target study group empowered to shape the program and frame the findings and recommendations.
Press Release: Yolo County Basic Income Program Encourages Growth and Self-Determination for Vulnerable Families
Sacramento Business Journal: Yolo County Launches Basic Income Pilot for Housing Insecure Families with Young Children