Proposed Cuts to SSI/SSP and CAPI Would Affect Nearly 950,000 Californians

Two CBP fact sheets released today document the local impact of Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed cuts to programs that help low-income seniors and people with disabilities meet basic living expenses. The Governor proposes to reduce SSI/SSP payments for individuals and eliminate the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), which provides state-funded cash assistance to legal immigrants who are not eligible for SSI/SSP due to their immigration status. Our analyses – by county and legislative district – show that the Governor’s proposals would reduce or eliminate monthly assistance for nearly 950,000 vulnerable Californians by a total of $306.9 million between June 2010 and June 2011.

This isn’t the first time that these two key safety-net programs have been the target of budget-cutting efforts. Just last year, state policymakers cut the maximum SSI/SSP payment for individuals from $907 to $845 (6.8 percent) and the maximum payment for couples from $1,579 to $1,407 (10.9 percent). CAPI payments were also reduced because they are tied to SSI/SSP payment levels. The SSI/SSP payment for couples is now at the minimum level required by federal law and cannot be cut further, which is why the Governor’s current SSI/SSP proposal only targets payments to individuals.

— Scott Graves and Raul Macias

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