The state gives families at risk of homelessness a $65 per day temporary shelter benefit for up to 16 days, or until they find something more permanent. Assemblyman Mark Stone says his bill would raise the benefit to $75 a day.
“This is for families with kids,” says Stone. “It always breaks my heart to see the kids having to spend the night in cars before they go to school, parents having to spend the night in cars with their kids before they go to work the next day.”
The bill provides for additional family members to receive $15 each. But, it would cap the benefit for a family at $125 per day. More than 8,000 California families experienced homelessness in 2012, according to a recent study.
Stone introduced the bill in the Human Services Committee, where a companion bill that would eliminate the consecutive day requirement for temporary shelter benefits has also been proposed.
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