As Californians are often reminded, the state is the fifth largest economy in the world and is currently enjoying a recovery from the Great Recession. However, with one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, California’s good fortune is not widely enjoyed. Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for the high cost […]
More than 1 in 5 children in California live in poverty, when accounting for the high cost of living in many parts of the state. This high child poverty rate deserves attention from state policymakers. In fact, a state task force — the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, established last year […]
One of the most important sources of income for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in California is SSI/SSP cash assistance.* Each month, well over 1 million Californians — adults and children alike — use SSI/SSP grants to help pay for basic necessities such as housing, food, and medicine. SSI/SSP grants have always been modest, […]
This report shows that many college students across California experience food and housing insecurity and provides a set of policy recommendations for how the state and college campuses can better support students who struggle to get by.
Last month, the University of California (UC) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) announced a new partnership that guarantees admission to the UC for qualified community college students. This agreement follows in the footsteps of a similar admission guarantee between the CCC and the California State University (CSU) and marks a step in the right […]