A pair of bills that would provide new services and protections for homeless people have been approved by both houses of the state Legislature and are on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting his signature or veto. AB 1733, introduced by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Assembly Member Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego; and Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva, D- Fullerton; would establish a fee waiver for homeless people who need to obtain a certified copy of their birth record from the Department of Public Health or a state identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The bill solves a dilemma for many homeless people who need identification to access certain government programs, including those that provide housing, employment and nutrition.
AB 1806, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would extend rights afforded to students in foster care to students experiencing homelessness, as well. Many homeless students were at some point in their past part of the state’s foster care system, and the two cohorts face similar challenges and have similar emotional and legal needs.