California lawmaker wants to give money to children who lost a parent to COVID

December 28, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) on Monday announced her plan to introduce legislation next month that would create "Hope Savings Accounts" for California children whose mother, father or primary caregiver died of coronavirus. 

Up to $3,000 would be deposited for children up to age 9 and up to $5,000 for youth ages 10 to 17 in special savings accounts. Additionally, the bill would ensure that those children who are not eligible for federal survivor benefits would still receive survivor support from a new state program titled the CalHope Program.

"At a time when California has immense wealth, we can afford to ensure that children who have suffered an inconceivable loss will be comforted knowing they’ll have a little help at a time when they no longer have parents to rely on," Skinner said. 


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