SB 5440 attempts to address intergenerational poverty in the state of Washington by creating a legislative-executive Work First poverty reduction oversight task force and an intergenerational poverty advisory committee to focus on the underlying causes of poverty and poverty reduction strategies. The bill would authorizes the department of social and health services to establish and maintain a system to track intergenerational poverty. The bill would require the task force, in collaboration with the advisory committee, to provide an annual report to the governor and legislature beginning December 1, 2019.
The legislative-executive Work First poverty reduction oversight task force would, among other responsibilities: (1) Reduce the overall percentage of people living below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level; (2) Prevent and address adverse childhood experiences and the trauma of children who are living in poverty; (3) Direct the department of social and health services to develop a five-year plan and a ten-year plan to address intergenerational poverty; and (4) Oversee the operation of the Work First program and operation of the temporary assistance for needy families program (TANF).
The intergenerational poverty advisory committee would assist the task force in sharing and analyzing data and information collected regarding intergenerational poverty in the state, with a primary focus on data and information regarding children who are at risk of continuing the cycle of poverty and welfare dependency.