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Philanthropy CA Opposes Proposed Changes to "Public Charge"

Publication date: 
12/10/2018

On December 9, Philanthropy California submitted public comment to oppose the proposed changes to "public charge." The proposed DHS rule would expand the government's ability to deny immigrants permanent residency or visas if a person benefits from aid programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and housing assistance programs. As written, these proposed changes inflict significant harms on children and families, depart from longstanding immigration practice related to public charge, and place a new, extraordinary burden on the charitable sector.  

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Request for Action – Public Charge

Publication date: 
10/05/2018

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a proposed rule to revise the criteria for “public charge.” Public charge refers to guidelines employed by immigration officers to determine if an immigrant is likely to become “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.”

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Proposition 1 (Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond) and Proposition Two (No Place Like Home)

Publication date: 
10/05/2018

Two ballot measures appearing on the November 6 ballot directly relate to the work of SCG members in the area of housing. Proposition 1, Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, would generate $4 billion in bonds for housing and homeownership programs. Proposition 2, No Place Like Home, would clarify that a limited amount of revenue generated from Mental Health Services Act (2004) can be used for housing individuals with mental health needs.

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2020 Census: Hard-to-Count Fact Sheets

Publication date: 
09/10/2018

The Census Bureau faces various challenges to an unconventional census which includes a new online response option and the pending inclusion of the citizenship question. These challenges increase the potential of undercounting historically underrepresented groups referred to as “Hard-to-Count” (HTC) communities. These groups are at higher risk of not being fully counted in the 2020 Census which can lead to unequal access to vital public and private resources.

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Highlights from the California State Budget

Publication date: 
08/15/2018

By Eric Schroer and Gustavo Medrano

At the end of June, Governor Brown and the Legislature negotiated a state budget of $201 billion. This summary examines the state’s spending in areas of funders’ interest, including:

 

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Take Action: Private Foundations Advocating for Census 2020

Publication date: 
08/13/2018

By Gustavo Medrano, Public Policy Intern

The Bauman Foundation recently sought legal opinion from Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP on how private foundations, in general, can play a role in promoting a fair and accurate census. This post outlines the legal opinion obtained by the Bauman Foundation. The opinion provides that:

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November 2018 Ballot Measures

Publication date: 
08/09/2018

On November 6, Californians will head to the polls to decide on various initiatives.  These ballot measure cover the gamut of public policy issues, including affordable housing bonds and rent control to transportation funding and daylight savings time. Many of these initiatives would have direct consequences for the Southern California region. This includes funding for the Lower Los Angeles Rivers, Santa Monica Bay and Ventura County, funding for children's hospitals, and modified homeowner property tax regulations that would significantly impact local tax revenues.

 

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