FAQ

Here are some basic guidelines and answers to questions you may have about the program.

Please contact us if you have questions not answered on this page.

Do I qualify to apply for this program?

Applicants must: be 18 and up; not be receiving more than $600/monthly in income; reside in the City and County of San Francisco; be willing and able to complete a survey every 3 months, and submit a complete application.

How many people will be selected?

55 recipients will be selected for the pilot program.

How long is the program?

The program will last 18 months: January 2023 to June 2024.

 
How much will I get?

$1,200 per month.

Can I apply for the program if I am undocumented?

Yes, you can still be eligible.

How is the money disbursed?

Each participant will receive a Debit Visa card that will be reloaded with funds each month.

If I move outside of San Francisco, can I still receive funds?

The program is funded by the city and county of San Francisco, so all enrollees must be residents in the City and County of San Francisco.

What is required to stay in the program?

The completion of surveys every 3 months to help improve the program.

 
Will I have to report my spending?

You do not have to report your spending. Each participant is only required to participate in follow-ups every 3 months and allow us to collect information on the impact of the program. Data collected is beneficial for the continuation the program.

Who will have access to my information, and who will it be shared with, if enrolled?

All healthcare related information will be kept confidential within Lyon-Martin Community Health Services unless authorized by the enrollee. We will request that a release of information be signed at the time of enrollment to allow for the sharing of data with the City of San Francisco and the Transgender District.

 
How much can I make while still being enrolled in the program?

The maximum income while enrolled is $4,000/month.

 
What happens if I lose the card?

If you lose your Debit card, please contact a Lyon-Martin Representative as soon as possible to receive a new card.

Can I sign up again after 18 months?

At this time, G.I.F.T is starting as a pilot program. The program’s continuation is based on funding availability. If the program continues after the 18 months, we will post updated information regarding new eligibility requirements.

 

When will the next program participants be selected after this first round of funding?

The next round of applications will open in 2024 if city funding is extended beyond June 2024.

Who should I contact for wrap-around services?

If you are already enrolled in services with a different provider, please contact them for services. If you are looking for mental or physical health services please contact Lyon-Martin Community Health Services or The Transgender District to point you in the right direction.