This afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 will take a close look at one of California’s most important income-support programs: SSI/SSP (the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment program). SSI/SSP uses both federal (SSI) and state (SSP) dollars to provide modest monthly grants that are intended to help 1.3 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities pay for basic necessities, such as housing and food.
Unfortunately, the value of SSI/SSP cash assistance has substantially eroded due to state budget cuts enacted during and after the Great Recession. For example, grants have lost ground to housing costs in all 58 counties, as we show in this new Budget Center fact sheet. The numbers highlighted in this analysis drive home a key point: SSI/SSP grants currently fail to provide the level of assistance needed to allow more than 1 million vulnerable Californians to maintain a basic standard of living.
— Scott Graves