SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1452 to help homeless families. Specifically, the bill increases the dollar amount of the one-time cash benefit which families facing homelessness can use for a hotel room, helping ensure that families are not forced to spend the night without shelter. The current temporary shelter assistance benefit under the CalWORKS program has remained unchanged since 2006.
“This bill helps parents who have lost their housing make sure that their kids spend the night in a clean, safe space instead of out on the street while they seek out more permanent shelter,” said Stone. “In many regions in California, the cost of a modest hotel room is significantly higher than this cash benefit. With the benefit increase that my bill provides, I hope to help more families afford a room when they need it.”