A measure by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to help distribute funds in a timely and efficient manner from the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund was passed by the state legislature.
The fund will provide tens of thousands of homeless children with the basic materials needed to achieve in the classroom. Senator DeSaulnier carried SB 1571 in 2012 to establish the fund and allow taxpayers to designate contributions to the Fund on their personal income tax returns.
“Students need to be equipped with the right tools in order to succeed, but so many homeless children are left without the supplies needed to receive a quality education,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “This fund will provide tangible support to help some of our most vulnerable children.”
SB 761 relocates the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund from the California Department of Education to the Department of Social Services to avoid a costly budget process. This bill will allow a more timely and efficient distribution process that will ensure all awarded funds go directly to the benefit of homeless children.
SB 761 is sponsored by K to College, a nonprofit operating the largest charitable school and dental supply program in California. Since 2010, K to College has distributed more than $14,500,000 of grade-appropriate school and dental supply kits to more than 230,000 students in more than 100 California school districts.