Food Justice News June 2, 2020:
Hunger Action LA condemns not only the police brutality that sparked the current uprising but all the cumulative actions of systemic racism that contributed to it, that built up the pile to which the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin has lit the flame. We do not support looting including looting of buildings by opportunists on the street or looting of the public treasury by politicians working on behalf of those who want to maintain the status quo. That status quo is inequality of races and an economic system whose goalposts forever recede in the distance so that people give up trying to “live” because they’re too busy trying to “survive.”
To wit: the meager program of public assistance called SSI on which 1.2 million of our brothers and sisters in California depend. See below alert. Let’s keep the struggle going on the street and in the often opaque arena of public policy. As Jimi Hendrix wrote:
I just want to know about your different lives, on this here people farm
I heard some of you got your families, living in cages tall and cold
And some just stay there and dust away, past the age of old
Is this true? Please let me talk to you
ACTION ALERT: TELL THE GOVERNOR NO CUTS TO SSI
Below are directions for how to email through Gov. Newsom’s website and a template message. Let us know when you’ve emailed. Thank you!
- Go to https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
- Screen 1: Enter your name, email, and choose “Budget Proposal 2020-21”
Screen 2: Position is Con, write your message. A template is below, and feel free to edit.
Dear Governor Newsom,
I am writing to oppose the SSI/SSP cut in your May Revise budget proposal and instead urging you to adopt the Senate’s budget proposal that would prevent cuts to the SSP COLA.
The proposed cuts will exacerbate the profound impact that COVID-19 has on low-income older and immunocompromised Californians, women and people of color. People on SSI are one of the most impacted populations in the health care crisis because they’re high risk to get sick from Covid-19, worsening already present inequities. A CalBudget Center brief published in February 2020 reports that SSI is a critical support for older women and people of color because they have faced structural inequality in the labor market. We cannot let the value of this program and the economic disparity between women and people of color fall behind even more, at the time when they need help the most.
SSI recipients have been advocating to restore the Great Recession cuts for over a decade and have only received one COLA, while other programs have been restored and new programs have been created and funded. It’s not much money by most people’s standards, but every dollar means a lot to people living on the edge. If this cut is implemented, how many years will it take after the COVID-19 crisis for it to be restored, let alone to bring the 1.2 million seniors and people with disabilities on SSI out of poverty? We appreciate that the Administration only proposes the cut as a trigger, but still a $5 per month cut would make a large difference for a person currently living at 89% of the federal poverty level.
According to the IMPLAN economic analysis, SSP investments have a significant economic multiplier: Every $10 million in increased State Supplemental Payments would support $15 million in economic output (multiplier of 1.50), 93 jobs, and $0.9 million in state and local tax revenue. This is the kind of boost to the economy that we need.
I hope to see that SSI/SSP will not be cut in the budget and that we can work toward seniors and people with disabilities living with dignity.
Many thanks to Shanti Prasad and the CA4SSI coalition for this template and alert!
Food Justice News May 29, 2020:
Call Your Assemblymember and Senator Now: NO CUTS TO SSI
The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge state budget deficit in California. In Governor Newsom’s May budget revise, he proposed cutting the State Supplemental Payment to SSI, which supports 1.3 million blind, senior and disabled Californians, as part of a set of “trigger cuts” that would be enacted if the state doesn’t get more pandemic related support from the federal government.
The state Senate earlier this week released their own list of trigger cuts, which did not include SSP. They recognized that cutting this benefit would only make the problem of homelessness worse and increase misery & hardship for the population that includes the most vulnerable to Covid infection.
CALL YOUR STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBER AND YOUR STATE SENATOR TODAY:
Tell your Assemblymember, Do Not Cut SSI in the state budget.
Tell Your Senator: THANK YOU for not cutting SSI in your proposed budget and please hold the line on that cut.
Find out who your state assemblymember and senator are at this link:
- 3 million senior, blind or disabled Californians rely on SSI .
- The payment is $943 per month (a little higher for certain people), which is below 100% of the poverty level.
- $783 of the payment is “SSI” (Supplemental Security Income) from the federal government: $160 is the “SSP” from the state of California (State Supplemental Payment). Most people just know the term “SSI” and to keep it simple, this is enough for our state legislators.
- SSI recipients only became eligible to get CalFresh food assistance about one year ago.
- With only $943 a month many live on the verge of eviction.
- Because SSI recipients have to spend all their money to survive, SSI actually is a stimulus to the economy; one estimate shows that $10 million of SSI in California provides a $15 million boost to the economy.
- SSI also allows many people to live independently; they would otherwise be in skilled nursing homes which are costly to the state and are also threatened with budget cuts.
- Cutting SSI would create homelessness, hunger, inability to afford transportation or co pays on medication, and misery for the most vulnerable people in the state.
Food & Justice News Apr 13, 2020
Many thanks to our colleagues at various levels of government and advocacy who provided these crucial updates we’re passing along to you:
- How SSI Recipients And Others Who Don’t File Taxes Can Get The Stimulus
- LA County Begins Free Grocery Delivery Service
- WIC Expands Temporarily To Additional Foods
- CalFresh Boosted for March and April Benefits
This information has been shared from The County of Los Angeles' DPSS. More information can be found at http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/home/news
The link to the original document can be found at http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/home/news/?1dmy&page=dept.dpss.home.news.detailhidden&urile=wcm%3apath%3a/dpss+content/dpss+site/home/news/b5c4d7d2-999f-4b75-8d7b-7bf1cb8b0aa2
Dear Follower of Hunger Action LA:
The stimulus payments of $1,200 will be made automatically to most people in the U.S., including anyone who files a tax return, and most Social Security recipients.
But some of the most vulnerable people in our community won’t be able to get it unless they jump through hoops. Those are the millions of senior, blind or disabled persons who only receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes around a million people in California, many of them frail with life-threatening conditions that make survival difficult, even before the current crisis.
They can get the payments if they file a tax return. But the majority of them have either never had to file one because they have been blind or disabled from birth, or the last time they filed was years ago. And being in an especially vulnerable class, it is not easy for them to leave home and go hunting down a tax form.
Other recipients of benefits from the Social Security Administration are getting automatic direct payments. SSI recipients should, as well.
Call the Capitol Switchboard, ask for your Member of Congress.
When you’re connected:
Ask them to sign the letter by Rep DeFazio demanding that SSI recipients get direct payments of the CARES Act stimulus payments.
SSI recipients should not have to file taxes to get stimulus payments, this is an injustice and basic issue of equity and fairness.
Hunger Action LA needs volunteers
Drivers to deliver meals and bagged food to recipients located all over LA County on Wednesdays: Meet on Wednesday, April 1, April 8, April 15, at 2 pm at 1432 West Adams Blvd, LA CA 90007 (at the farmers market)
Please provide your contact information to [email protected]
Donations of cash or by PayPal for us to purchase ready-made meals from Everytable in bulk discount so we can provide meals to vulnerable people not able to cook: and for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to supplement diets of the recipients while supporting our local farmers
Donations of food: Please no expired food except packaged food within 2 months of the “best buy” date. Frozen meat is okay, prepared frozen meals, we are trying to limit canned food due to health issues of recipients.
Provide your contact info to [email protected]
The recipients of the food are in the following priority groups
*Blind and low vision persons
*persons particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, or with a disability, who should not be outside standing in food lines or with a lot of people at the grocery store
In Loving Memory of Beatriz Solis 1962-2020While we are all dealing with coronavirus fallout at this time Hunger Action LA would like to pause for us to mourn, but also to celebrate, the life of Beatriz Solis of The California Endowment who passed away this morning (Saturday March 21) after a long struggle with cancer.Beatriz was an extraordinary and compassionate individual who helped numerous organizations around Los Angeles, including us, with planning, logistics, and tremendous heartfelt encouragement. We will miss her and we extend our sympathy to her family, to The California Endowment, and to all of the community here whose work in fighting for equity in health care is her ongoing legacy. Goodbye Beatriz, we love you and appreciate all you have done.For more details: