This California Senator wants high school seniors who have experienced homelessness to receive $1,000 stimulus checks


A Senator in California is proposing a bill that will see High School seniors who have been affected by homelessness receive $1,000 stimulus checks.
Member of the California State Senate, Dave Cortese.Josh Edelson / AFP

California Democratic Senator from Campbell, Dave Cortese, has tabled plans that will see high school seniors receive stimulus checks for experiencing homelessness, according to a new report.

The proposed amount for the pilot program is estimated to be $1,000 monthly for four or five months for the 2023 graduating class.

With at least 15,000 potential high school seniors who fall under the potential recipient category, this program will cost the state about $85 million a year.

The California Department of Education says roughly around 183,000 pupils in California were homeless during the 2020 and 2021 circle, all comprising kindergarten to 12th graders.

Senator Cortese, who is sponsoring this bill, says this program has no-strings-attached checks because it will help sustain pupils from around the time of their high school graduation to their fall enrollment in college or their entry into the workforce.

In his own words, Senator Cortese said:

This bill is for graduating high school seniors instead to avoid interfering with students' financial aid calculations. It could also help students living in poverty rent an apartment or pay for food during college if they enrol, but there's no requirement to do so."

It is alleged that critics have raised concerns, saying that these stimulus checks would discourage work instead of alleviating poverty.

The bill has since been approved by the Senate Education Committee this week on Wednesday and will now be heard by the Senate Human Services Committee.

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