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A Safe Place Supports Bill AB 1461

A Safe Place supports Bill AB 1461, which expands the services available to domestic violence survivors. This bill adds to an existing law by allowing U-Visa, T-Visa, Asylum seekers, as well as qualified women and youth to access state and local public benefits as soon as they submit a formal application for services. 

 

The services available under this bill will serve as a “bridge” for these survivors, helping a relatively small number of people in great need before they transition to existing state or federal services. It will allow applicants to more successfully address their needs in order to live and work in California instead of having to endure delays in their application processing time. Additionally, this bill will expand those services to noncitizen victims of parental or domestic maltreatment and noncitizens who fear persecution.