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SHREVEPORT, La. — The application process is underway for the public to enroll in Shreveport’s Universal Basic Income (UBI) program.

The pilot program is a joint effort between the city, Caddo Parish and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. Interested participants can register at www.shreveportla.gov through Jan. 17.

There will be 110 families selected and eligible to receive $660 per month for one year. Shreveport residents who are single parents with an income below 120% of the federal poverty level will be eligible. The program defines a single parent as a mother, father, step-parent, grandparent, caregiver, or legal guardian with a school-aged child. The resident must be functionally single, whether married or not. If unmarried, the resident cannot live with a partner.

“An estimated 25% of Shreveport citizens live in poverty and a guaranteed income would allow beneficiaries to meet their most urgent daily needs and unpredictable expenses,” Mayor Adrian Perkins said. “UBI with the resources of the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center would create a catalyst for better educational outcomes, substantial improvements in physical and mental health, significant reduction in predatory debt, and greater confidence in meeting basic needs.

Perkins joined Mayors for Guaranteed Income in 2020. MGI is a coalition of mayors committed to advancing Guaranteed Federal Income – direct, recurring cash payments to the poor and middle class. A guaranteed income is an unconditional monthly cash payment made directly to randomly selected families or individuals.

The Shreveport City Council has approved a resolution to receive $500,000 from MGI for the program. The Caddo Parish Commission approved the allocation of $432,000 for matching funds.

The United Way Financial Empowerment Center will accept walk-in visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday for those who need help completing the application.

The only day they won’t be available is January 17.

In-person assistance will also be provided from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Airport Leisure Center and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the David Raines Leisure Center.

If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted approximately three weeks after the close of the application period.

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