The state legislature, Assembly and Senate, have to finish and pass the budget by Sunday June 15. This is coming up very soon!
It is essential that we keep our voices strong for restoring funding for those whom the private sector cannot help or whom they have abandoned. The Governor wants to do the same, and the only way to challenge that is with support at the Assembly and Senate for budget justice.
Over the past years we have cut, cut, cut the programs supporting the poor. We now also find that those providing In Home Supportive Services to their loved ones are going to be cut back to avoid our paying the federally mandated overtime. IHSS is paid out of the budget but saves billions for those who otherwise would be institutionalized.
Can you imagine the problem of finding night workers to come tend your agining or disabled relative when you, their IHSS provider, could do it with a little more money? Losing that time means losing that income, too. Urge the funding of overtime hours for IHSS. It’s the right thing for those who no longer can help themselves. They should not have to find strangers to do this work for and with them.
Restore cash grants for those working their way out of poverty on CalWORKs. Cash amounts today won’t even cover rent, never mind other things such as pencils and paper for your children’s schoolwork.
Raise the eligibility for Low Income Heating Assistance because it will restore Food Stamps – CalFresh – as well. Federal guidelines require CA to pay more to more people in energy assistance to also keep 80,000 of them eligible for food assistance. We can do this.
Go to your local Assembly or Senate office and let them know that the very poor among us deserve equity, too.
To find your contact information for local offices and phones – if you cannot go, CALL – go to: http://www.churchimpact.org/take-action.html
Tell your officials you are part of “Faithful Fridays” and that you urge their inclusion of safety net funding restoration NOW.