Tell the California State Legislature to increase funding for the program that keeps children from falling deeper into poverty:
CalWORKs is an essential program that helps low- or no-income families across California keep their lights on and food on the table. It can keep the children of disabled or underemployed parents from going to school hungry or skipping a visit to the doctor.
But all the good work that CalWORKs does is under threat. Today, a family of three receives nine dollars less in CalWORKs benefits than they would have 10 years ago. That makes no sense. These benefits can’t protect kids and stabilize homes if they don’t keep up with the cost of living. That’s why State Senator Holly Mitchell introduced SB 982, legislation that will raise the minimum CalWORKs benefit to 50 percent of the federal poverty level.
Investing in CalWORKs pays dividends: some young people have credited the program for their ability to get an education and pursue their dreams. It allows struggling families to set their sights on something bigger than just survival. But to truly lift themselves out of poverty, they need CalWORKs to keep pace with the cost of living.
Add your name to support SB 982 and give all kids the chance at a better life:
This legislation would be a big step toward making our state a more equitable and compassionate place for kids, but we need your support for it to take effect. Please sign and share the petition to help end child poverty in our state.