STOCKTON (CBS13) — A special letter mail carriers are delivering to hundreds of homes in Stockton will hopefully bring a little financial relief in the New Year.

The money is part of the city’s basic income pilot program. Stockton is the first city in the country to launch it.

The letter 1,200 people will be receiving over the next few days does not mean people will automatically receive money but it brings them closer to potentially being selected.

Stockton dad Jose Miranda works hard to save his money, but setting aside a small portion of his paycheck every other week can be a challenge.  He says his expenses just keep piling up.

“Kids you know, my kids. I spend money on my kids the most, I think. And rent, in particular. Food and phone,” said Miranda.

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Miranda lives in a neighborhood where the median income is at or below 46-thousand dollars.  It’s one of the areas the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration program (SEED) is sending letters to people who may be eligible to get $500 a month with no strings attached.

“I think for the people that really need it, it will be good for them, like a lot of people say groceries, rent, car payment, even if you want to help a family member, anything extra is good to get,” Miranda said.

A team of independent researchers will pick 100 people to receive the money.  The purpose is to study how an extra $500 a month impacts people’s health and stress level. Researchers are also looking to see if people feel financially secure.

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“Around this country, especially in communities like Stockton, people are working incredibly hard and falling further and further behind. We have people in our community that work two or three jobs, we have people that are working and still can’t pay rent,” said Mayor Michael Tubbs.

The researchers will also have a comparison group as part of the program. It consists of 200 additional people who will get a $20 gift card for filling out surveys and provide feedback.

“People who are working incredibly hard are smart and they don’t have money because they are not good with money, they don’t have money because jobs aren’t paying enough for folks to live and survive. We believe something as small as $500 a month can make a world of difference,” he said.

People who receive a letter from SEED have until December 23rd to fill out a consent form online. The 100 people selected will be noticed by mid-January. The money will be delivered to those individuals soon after that.

Comments (167)
  1. Valerie Dyn says:

    Carlos Correa, did you even bother to ask where the $600,000 is coming from? What other things are not going to happen because the public funds were used for this program. While on the subject of “public funds”, not many of the public benefit from the program, do they? Ignorant liberal socialist democrats turning Mexifornia into Venezuela one step at a time. Los Angeles should send all of the homeless there.
    And the morons wonder why the regular sane people of the middle class are moving out….

    1. Paull Cudak says:

      If you live in Stockton CA or just in CA…LOO IN THE MIRROR

  2. Ronald Raymond Russell says:

    I don’t know what the answer is, but we are quickly approaching the day that cars will drive themselves…. that means taxi drivers, truck drivers, bus drivers…. all of them, pizza delivery driver… you name it, all those jobs go byebye….. and they wont be hiring any lawn services and those jobs will dwindle… or going out to eat. Millions of people, good American families, are going to be scared about the future..
    I don’t know what the answer is.. but if it takes a universal income to keep my countrymen from going down….. so be it.

    1. Warden Clyffe says:

      Any thought that begins with “I don’t know what the answer is”, should end on that note as well.

  3. Thomas A. Groover says:

    “independent researchers”? what does that mean? Independent of what? Taxpayer money? Not dependent on the the taxpayers paying these people in the study (so-called) “free” money? Funny how “journalists” just sort of skate when it comes to the details.

  4. Jon Ramon says:

    Why not 1,000. The money is free.

  5. Roger Edward Harris says:

    California has taxed their citizens into poverty and solution is giving a little bit back to buy more support to tax more. Around and Around the stupid goes.

  6. “they don’t have money because they are not good with money”
    answer: give them more money, this time no strings attached
    you can’t make this up, it wouldn’t sell in Hollywood

  7. Bill Armstrong says:

    Handing out Cash, good think there is no way that fraud and corruption can take hold.

  8. Jim M. Ryles says:

    This is the social Justice garbage that feel good progressive liberal socialists want everyone to participate in until all are equally poor, with the exception of the Dear Leaders of course….sorta like O-loser care, congress (The Dear Leaders) doesn’t have to participate in the expensive, high deductible, your doctor is 40 miles away from this beautiful hospital reserved for those who can afford to pay plan. Or the social justice of the Cult of Climate change….all will participate and “believe” or be called “deniers” and sent to reeducation camps.

  9. Mark Mullins says:

    This has failed everywhere else it’s been tried.
    There is no such thing as free money. Someone has to pay and in the end, it’s unsustainable.
    Of course the left want to incentivize dependency.
    It’s how they cling to power.

  10. Heather Forsman says:

    No wonder the middle and upper middle class are migrating to my State. They taxed themselves homeless in CA to cover pointless money wasting programs like this.
    I’m sure the one’s that don’t get picked will love knowing their local taxes went to the neighbor for a payment on a new car.
    What that city should of done was pick 100 homeless people that had the ability to work but needed temporary housing like a motel. Invested the 500.00 into them and completed their research into whether it helped them and made a difference.
    I don’t understand why CA’s homeless population is exploding and CA is welcoming in more illegals to sanctuary cities and the drug use on the streets is so accepted. I don’t understand why residents in Maxine Waters district don’t hold her accountable for her district becoming the most run down area since she took office. I would love to visit CA but I just think I’d rather reward another State with my money CA is hopeless.

  11. Estell Newton says:

    Where’s the money coming from? They are out to ruin. totally destroy our country.

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