Policymakers Have Opportunity to Promote Economic Security, Break Down Barriers
Approximately 7.1 million Californians lived in poverty each year from 2016 to 2018 – more than 1 in 6 state residents (18.2%) – according to new Census data released this morning based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM).
The high cost of living in many parts of California is a key reason for California’s high SPM poverty rate, underscoring the continuing need for policies that address the state’s affordability challenges. » Read more about: New Census Figures Show More Than 1 in 6 Californians Struggle to Afford Basic Necessities »
This “Guide to Understanding Poverty Measures Used to Assess Economic Well-Being in California,” is designed to help policy stakeholders understand the details of and differences between the three major measures of poverty available for California — the official poverty measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure, and the California Poverty Measure — and provides guidance on when each measure is most appropriate to use to understand the poverty Californians experience.
It’s hard work to be able to afford to live, raise a family, and eventually retire in California, especially for workers with low or moderate incomes. While the plight of these workers has never been easy — and workers who are black, Latinx, or women experience some of the greatest economic disadvantages and discrimination in the workplace — research shows that wages and benefits have significantly eroded for many Californians in recent decades. Many workers are being paid little more today than workers were in 1979 even as worker productivity has risen. » Read more about: California’s Workers Are Increasingly Locked Out of the State’s Prosperity »
The consequences of the Trump Administration’s recently announced “public charge” rule are known: thousands more families working to build better a better future for themselves and our state will instead live in poverty. Understanding the depth of harm for California’s immigrants and potential economic loss are imperative as state leaders and advocates pursue legal action and work to protect the socioeconomic well-being of families today and for future generations.
Accessory dwelling units – commonly known as ADUs – are among the housing options receiving attention in the Capitol as state leaders look at a variety of policies to help Californians who are struggling to afford rent. While leaders are navigating how to handle the development and compliance of ADUs, it’s also important to look at the how such housing could improve health and social well-being for Californians.