On Wednesday March 11, the Assembly Budget Committee's Subcommittee on Health & Human Services will discuss funding for SSI/SSP, the program funded jointly by the Federal and State governments to provide a basic income for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Over the years, the state of California has dramatically reduced its contribution to the SSI/SSP grant, and the 1.3 million Californians who receive the grant are struggling to survive and afford the very basics: food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Advocates for SSI/SSP recipients will have a rally at the south steps of the California state Capitol building in Sacramento at noon on March 11. After the rally, participants can come in to the Capitol to attend the hearing where SSI/SSP funding will be discussed, and can provide public comment about the importance of California taking steps to bring SSI/SSP recipients out of poverty. Live in the Bay Area and need a ride? If you live in San Francisco, contact Skyler at 415-592-2786. If you live in the East Bay, contact Shanti at (510) 635-3663 ext. 307.
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