News Update March 19th 2018
- 1. Hunger Action LA Phone Meeting This Friday March 23 10 am-11 am
- 2. Democrats Hold Up Farm Bill Over Threatened SNAP Cuts
- 3. Support Affordable Housing Act!
1. Hunger Action LA Phone Meeting This Friday March 23 10 am-11 am
Friday March 23, 10 am to 11 am:
RSVP @ [email protected] to get call-in information
This Friday’s action packed Hunger Action LA call will bring you :
- The latest updates on state and federal legislation affecting hunger policy
- Introductions to some of our local advocates and their projects working on healthy corner stores and CalFresh enrollment, with Ivette Vivanco of MCH Access: Maira Quintanilla of Community Services Unlimited: Alba Velazquez and Amber Orozco of the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (LA Food Policy Council)
- Info on upcoming big events---CalFresh Awareness Month and Hunger Action Day (both in May)
- And likely to be some unpredictable shenanigans to top it all off
Don’t miss it! Friday March 23, 10 am to 11 am. RSVP @ [email protected] to get call-in information
2. Democrats Hold Up Farm Bill Over Threatened SNAP Cuts
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) is chair of the House Agriculture Committee, in charge of the legislative package known as the Farm Bill that happens every 5 years (when it’s not delayed.) The Farm Bill authorizes funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as well as various programs such as crop insurance that help farmers. The Farm Bill has been noted for years as one of the few remaining havens of bipartisanship: usually, a coalition of anti-hunger groups and representatives of areas with large numbers of SNAP beneficiaries work together with rural farm constituencies to support each other’s issues and pass a Farm Bill that benefits both sides.
This year, the Ag Committee was hoping to get a Farm Bill finished by the end of March. However, the Republicans inserted an unnecessary and unhelpful provision regarding single adults without dependent kids. Currently those in that group, called “Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents” are required to work 20 hours a week in order to get any more than 3 months of food assistance in a 36 month period. These requirements apply to adults age 18 to 50. The Republican proposal in the Farm Bill would have raised that age limit to age 65---meaning adults age 18 to 65, unable to find jobs, would find themselves also without SNAP food assistance. Some estimates determined this could cut up to 8 million from the rolls.
The Democrats on the Ag Committee have taken a stand against these proposed cuts and are keeping them from moving forward. While Conaway has speculated he’d try to push a bill through anyway in the House with only Republican support, this would likely doom it in the Senate.
3. Support Affordable Housing Act!
High housing costs are one of the principal causes of hunger and food insecurity, especially in California and LA and San Francisco in particular
Median rents are higher in California than any other state in the country, and among all 50 states, California has the 4th highest increase in rents. A one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles costs $1,350 per month. In San Francisco, it costs $2,450. In San Diego, the cost is $1,560.
The federal government has concluded that rent is not affordable if renters spend
more than 30% of their income on housing costs. The State of California has found that more than half of California renter households (3 million) pay more than 30% and one-third of renter households ( over 1.5 million) pay more than 50% of their income toward rent.
There’s a campaign to put an initiative on the November 2018 ballot to repeal the Costa Hawkins act, a law that prohibits rent control on any buildings built after 1995 in California. Landlords can raise rent as high as they want currently in those properties (and in those built after 1978 in LA.)
The deadline is April 13 for us to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot.
Pick up your petitions to repeal Costa Hawkins and allow communities to decide if they want rent control!
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