California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s AB 1654, aimed at reducing childhood poverty, was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee with unanimous support.
There are currently more than two million children living in poverty in California. AB 1654 addresses this issue by taking advantage of a federal incentive that redirects a higher amount of court ordered child support funds towards children living in poverty. Specifically, AB 1654 increases the amount of child support directed to a CalWORKs aid child recipient from $50 to $100 for a family with one child and to $200 for a family with two or more children.
“It is critical that the state does all it can to bring children out of poverty,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Although the increase in redirected child support is modest, the amount can be the difference in providing for a child’s most basic needs”, Bonilla said.