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EPIC News – August 2019


Why Californians Could Bear the Brunt of Trump Food Stamp Cuts

“There’s actually no evidence that making someone hungrier makes them less dependent on public benefits. And there’s plenty of evidence showing the opposite,” said Western Center’s Jessica Bartholow. Western Center estimates that some 250,000 Californians could lose CalFresh, based on estimates made when California expanded eligibility in 2008 under Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and again in 2013 under Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown. Additionally, children in those families could lose automatic eligibility for free lunches at school.
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Read our coalition statement on the administration’s proposed rule regarding SNAP eligibility.


Western Center Housing Advocate On Governor’s Task Force

We are proud to report that Western Center housing advocate Anya Lawler will be on Governor Gavin Newsom’s homelessness task force. Anya has been a housing policy advocate on behalf of low-income Californians for decades — her experience and priorities will be invaluable in the administration’s pursuit to end California’s homelessness crisis. Read more


Update On Western Center Cases

The past month has seen a remarkable number of decisions in Western Center cases — mostly good, some not great. Here is a rundown


Join Us for Garden Party 2019

Please join us for our annual Garden Party fundraiser on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Western Center will be honoring:
Artist Cameron Rowland
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Shirley Gibson – Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Clare Pastore – USC’s Gould School of Law

Early sponsors will be acknowledged on our printed invitation! Make your pledge by August 12. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets available here


Meet Cori Racela, Western Center’s Deputy Director

Cori is an attorney specializing in health care, working to make sure Californians with low incomes have access to the care they need and deserve. See how she does it!