“Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a co-sponsor of SB 616, agreed that the law will help families in these tough times.
“Amid the pandemic, Californians are falling behind on rent payments,” Bartholow said, “and they are using whatever credit they have left to keep their families from going hungry. Protection from aggressive debt collection is needed now more than ever. With the implementation of SB 616, people will have breathing room to catch up on bills without a zeroed-out bank account. SB616 also includes an exemption for FEMA payments to ensure fire victims keep their disaster payments so they can rebuild as intended.”