Sen. Cortese Introduces Legislation to Provide Basic Income to State's Former Foster Youth

Basic income may be coming to former foster youth who have aged out of the system without finding permanent placement with families.

On Monday, state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, announced legislation that would provide supplemental income to the state’s nearly 3,000 former foster youth who no longer get foster care support and resources by age 21.

Senate Bill 739 would require the State Department of Social Services to provide those California residents direct monthly payments of $1,000 for three years.

Former foster youth aged 18-24 are often disenfranchised and face significant disadvantages, according to a 2018 University of Chicago study. They are more likely to

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