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Related: Answering Your Questions About Virus TransmissionSanta Clara County is taking an innovative step toward helping young people transition out of foster homes.

The county announced Monday it is launching a pilot of a universal basic income program, which would provide 72 former foster youth with $1,000 a month.

It is the first program of its kind in the U.S. for former foster youth.

The idea of universal basic income has become more mainstream in recent years.

Cortese says the UBI program could be expanded to other vulnerable demographics, such as the elderly or developmentally disabled.

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