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2015 Begins Campaign to Lift California Seniors and Disabled Out of PovertyHappy 2015! Now, please sign our statewide petition calling for SSI/SSP benefits for seniors and people with disabilities to be raised above the poverty line:
Yes, we begin 2015 by asking you to join us in a statewide campaign to lift 1.5 million California seniors and persons with disabilities out of poverty by raising the SSI/SSP monthly benefits above the poverty line. (SSI is Supplemental Security Income, a federal payment, and SSP is the State Supplemental Payment, an additional portion provided by California.)
SSI/SSP participants rely on this monthly benefit to cover ALL of their expenses — food, shelter, medicine, clothing, transportation, utilities and more. Yet the current benefit leaves recipients under the federal poverty level and with insufficient income, ultimately faced with paying rent or buying food or medicine. California can do better than this.
We are building a new strong statewide coalition of organizations and individuals from many areas — anti-hunger, senior advocacy, disability rights, immigrant advocates, faith based organizations, housing advocates, as well as business owners, law enforcement, elected officials and many others.
This coalition known as CA4SSI is beginning to attract attention. The Sacramento Bee ran an article recently not only about the campaign to raise SSI/SSP but other benefits ranging from child care to family welfare, that have been cut or frozen especially during the recession, and have not been restored to sufficient levels even as the state budget climbs into a surplus.
Sacramento Bee: “Although federal funding grew, overall grants now are lower than they were six years ago, even without adjusting for inflation, said Scott Graves, research director at the California Budget Project. State finance officials estimate the individual maximum monthly grant in January to be $889, down from $907 in 2009. That’s a bit higher than the Budget Project’s $881 estimate.”
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/state-budget/article5390229.html#storylink=cpy