Alameda County's Board of Supervisors has set aside $10 million for the program, which will allow payments to 7,500 people, according to the Daily Mail. The program was approved as the county hit a new high in daily coronavirus cases and as California continues to "struggle" to contain the outbreak in its state.
The program is being "welcomed" by local healthcare providers, who say it'll help those in working class areas stay at home and not spread the virus by leaving the house.
Andrea Schwab-Galindo, CEO of Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Hayward commented: "Literally every single person that we have spoken to through our contract tracing program, they have all asked for either food, help with rent, or access to be enrolled in healthcare. Most people that test positive are usually the members that are out there working and able to do that."
She continued: "You know, they are construction workers, they are grocery workers, so they are more exposed compared to some of the other family members they are trying to support, including their children."