Assemblymember Gloria’s Disaster Assistance & Community Resiliency Bill Passes Assembly
AB 607 to Help Safeguard Low-Income, Disabled, and Seniors During Natural Disasters, States of Emergency Advances
SACRAMENTO, CA – When a natural disaster strikes in California, low-income families can lose their public assistance benefits under current state law thereby subjecting them to even further hunger and hardship in a time of crisis. Today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced that his legislation in partnership with the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank to ensure recipients of CalWORKS and CalFresh can maintain their benefits both during and after a disaster received the approval of the California State Assembly by a vote of 62-7.
“Each time we experience a natural disaster or state of emergency in California, our low-income families are put at further risk with virtually no where to turn. It’s time for us to change that,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “With today’s approval by the Assembly, we are on our way toward providing our low-income families, seniors, and the disabled who rely on these public programs with stability and peace-of-mind during times of crisis. In addition, we are setting up our communities and local economies to quickly bounce back from disaster.”
AB 607, known as the Community Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness Act, reduces bureaucratic red tape and rectifies a situation in current state law that could cause recipients of CalWORKs, CalFresh, or WIC to lose their benefits as a result of being displaced from their home county due to a natural disaster. This displacement causes recipients to then be unable to work or meet other requirements of the public program thus risking disqualification.
AB 607 ensures recipients of these public programs can still receive benefits if they are unable to work and calls for a strong disaster response from government-administered programs to ensure California is prepared for disaster declarations at the county, state, and federal levels.
AB 607 is also co-sponsored by the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the California Association of Food Banks, and the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank. AB 607 has earned the support of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, the California Partnership, Feeding San Diego, Hunger Action Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and the United Way of California.
Assemblymember Gloria represents the 78th Assembly District of California, which includes the Cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, San Diego, and Solana Beach. He also serves as the Assistant Majority Whip. Assemblymember Gloria’s official, high-resolution photo can be downloaded here.
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