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Friday, September 19, 2014
 
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Statement: Governor's Signature on AB 1522
09/10/2014
Notes on the Legislature

Today, Governor Jerry Brown will sign Assembly Bill 1522, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzale... Read More..


Statement: Diaper Need Awareness Month
09/09/2014
Notes on the Legislature

Western Center on Law and Poverty joins the National Diaper Bank Network and their California Partne... Read More..


Governor Signature Sought for Western Center Sponsored Bills
09/09/2014
Notes on the Legislature

Several Western Center on Law & Poverty sponsored bills to help secure housing, healthcare and a str... Read More..


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Homelessness Rising Sharply Among School Children
04/12/2010

60,000 More Children Fall Into Homelessness in 2008-9


 

A new report by the Western Center on Law and Poverty using data from the California Department of Education shows that homelessness among California school children has skyrocketed in recent years. In 2008-9 more than 288,000 children were homeless and attending school in California. This represents a 28% increase over the 2007-8 year.

 

Research shows that children who are low income and homeless suffer in performance at their schools in measures on intelligence, academic achievement and language proficiency. They are more likely to fail classes, drop out of school, and be enrolled in special education.

Despite these dire trends in child homelessness the Governor is proposing to eliminate the CalWORKs program which is the last line of defense for many families to avoid becoming homeless. The Governor's proposals would eliminate all cash assistance for 1 million children and drop 190,000 into deep poverty (families with incomes below half the poverty level).

See the attachement for more data on the rise in homeless school children.

 

 

 

 


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