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AirTalk asks: what role should government assistance play in stemming family homelessness?




Daejanae Marshall holds photographs of her baby daughter, Zah’Nyah, outside her South Los Angeles home on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Daejanae Marshall holds photographs of her baby daughter, Zah’Nyah, outside her South Los Angeles home on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
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KPCC’s Broke series looks at why more California families are ending up homeless and what some of the solutions might be to prevent that.

California’s version of cash welfare, CalWORKs, is one program intended to prevent families from falling into homelessness. It gives a parent with two children a maximum of $714 a month. According to the California Budget & Policy Center, an average low-cost apartment in California costs $870 a month. From 2000 to 2012, rent in L.A. increased 25 percent, but in that same period, legislators cut the CalWORKs grant by  $7 per month.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with a roundtable about what role government assistance should play in stemming family homelessness and whether increasing housing costs justify increasing government cash grants like CalWORKs.

Guests:

Rina Palta, KPCC correspondent covering Southern California's social safety net

Holly Mitchell, California Democratic Senator, Mitchell’s district includes Culver City and Ladera Heights

Kevin Corinth, Research fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on homelessness and the programs and policies put in place to assist the homeless