JPAC advocates lobbied a package of bills that address poverty and homelessness by increasing State funding to help impoverished families, seniors and other individuals meet their most basic needs; provide badly needed support for elderly Holocaust Survivors who are struggling to live out their days in dignity; and, a new program to make California a national leader in combating hate, safeguarding free speech, and promoting inclusive climates on its university campuses. And finally, we continue to advocate for the California Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides funding for nonprofits that are at high risk of a hate crime or terrorist act.
1. AB 3171 (Ting): Homeless Persons Services Block Grant: This bill creates the Local Homelessness Solutions Program, which will provide matching funds to cities with programs to combat homelessness. These funds must be matched by the recipient city and may be spent on a range of homelessness activities, including shelter diversion, rapid re-housing, rental assistance, emergency shelter, navigation centers, bridge housing, and permanent supportive housing. The bill will seek up to $1.5 billion in one-time state funding for the program.
2. AB 3200 (Kalra): Public Social Services: SSI/SSP: This bill has become known as the $100 for 100% bill and would increase State Supplementary Payment (SSP) grants by $100 a month to reach nearly 100% of the Federal Poverty Level and restore the annual Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the program. While the FPL itself is still an insufficient income level in California to care for aged, blind and disabled members of the community, this bill would nonetheless make important progress.
3. SB 982 (Mitchell): CALWorks: SB 982 endeavors to eliminate deep poverty in the CalWORKs program by requiring a minimum grant level of 50 percent of the federal poverty line. By doing so, this bill would help protect children from the harms of chronic poverty and better enable the CalWORKs program to achieve its goals.
4. Budget ask: $1.25 million ($1,250,000) appropriation making California a national leader in combating hate, safeguarding free speech, and promoting inclusive climates on its university campuses
The California Responding to Hate on Campus Grant Program will enable the State of California to take the lead in working with colleges and universities on blunting these troubling trends and challenges on their campuses.This initial step will demonstrate that a small public investment can make a significant difference in shaping how people think and respond when confronted with hate.
5. Budget ask: $3.6 million ($3,600,000) appropriation to ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live in dignity in their communities.
While the size of the survivor population is decreasing, the number of survivors needing and seeking assistance is increasing. The California Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program will help ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live out their lives with dignity and prevent the very things Survivors should never have to face again — eviction, hunger, inadequate medical care, social isolation, and despair – while avoiding the financial and emotional costs of unnecessary institutionalization. This allocation will be used to fund and supplement funding for services including Home Care, culturally appropriate case management, home-delivered meals, transportation, and emergency financial assistance. At an estimated average expenditure of $6,000 per Holocaust survivor, a $3.6 million investment would serve approximately 600 frail survivors throughout California. This competitive grant program within the appropriate State of California department will be used to meet the unique and urgent needs of vulnerable Holocaust Survivors.
6. JPAC also had significant input into AJR 35, a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine regarding Poland’s disturbing legislation limiting speech about that country’s role in the Holocaust. We are awaiting it’s hearing in the Senate, though it has already passed in the Assembly. Read the Resolution here. Our Letter of Support can be read here.
1. Immigration Bill Package:
AB 3 (Bonta) will create Regional Centers and Statewide Resource Centers for public defenders to gain immigration expertise
AB 291 (Chiu) will prohibit landlords from threatening to report tenants to immigration authorities, whether in retaliation for engaging in legally-protected activities or to influence them to vacate.
AB 699 (O’Donnell) will safeguard against immigration enforcement activities on school campuses and promote a safe and equitable learning environment for all students.
SB 6 (Hueso) will provide access to qualified legal counsel to immigrants in deportation or removal proceedings
SB 29 (Lara) will prevent local governments from contracting with private companies to detain immigrants for profit
SB 31 (Lara) will prevent public agencies and their employees from assisting with or providing personal information for any federal registry based on an individual’s religious, ethnic or national origin
SB 54 (de Leon) prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from engaging in immigration enforcement.
2. AB 1520 (Burke): Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act: This bill establishes a permanent framework through the state budget process, which requires the Legislature to invest in programs that have been proven to significantly reduce child poverty. The goal of this bill is to reduce child poverty by 50% over the 20-year period starting in fiscal year 2018-19 and to use the framework proposed by this bill as recommendations for enacting future legislation to fund programs or services and future innovations to reduce child poverty. In addition, the Legislature will be required to hold hearings on California’s progress to reduce child poverty every two years. This bill passed by a unanimous (14-0) vote of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on the bill on May 26th, 2017. It passed the Assembly Floor without any opposition.
We are actively supporting the following bills during the 2017 legislative session:
SB 2 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act
SB 3 (Beall) Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018
AB 158 (Chu<) Hate crime reporting standards
AB 800 (Chiu) Hate crimes: hotline
AB 1161 (Ting) Hate crimes
AB 796 (Kalra) Public social services: SSI/SSP
AB 164 (Arambula) Food Assistance
AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) Subsidized child care and development services: eligibility periods
B 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Discrimination: reproductive health
AB 900 (Gonzalez) Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking
JPAC lobbied our state representatives on the following issues/bills:
JPAC lobbied our state representatives on the following issues/bills:
JPAC advocates lobbied to prevent bullying and human trafficking and to increase funding for the social service safety net. Bills we supported include:
JPAC supported a resolution authored by Senator Marty Block (SCR 121): Relative to the Memorandum of Understanding Between Israel and California.
Our 2013 priority list included gun safety, Israel/CA trade, Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS), and Anti-Semitism on campus.
Other bills JPAC supported include: