Protecting Homecare Together

stop cutsUDW fights back against attacks on homecare

Since the beginning of this year, our union has been working nonstop to stand against recent attacks on homecare. In January UDW caregivers educated lawmakers at the State Capitol about how Governor Brown’s budget proposal would hurt California’s safety net. We also explained that it’s senseless to target IHSS for any cuts because homecare saves the state money!

Speaking out against the Governor’s budget announcement at a UDW press event, Mary Burch, a caregiver from Stanislaus who cares for her 40-year-old daughter, commented on the devastating effects of the proposal saying,  “I would lose over 100 hours of pay each month- a 40% cut to my income – and likely lose my house.”

Mary Burch was joined at the capitol by caregivers from across Northern California to speak out against the governor’s budget.

Mary Burch was joined at the capitol by caregivers from across
Northern California to speak out against the governor’s budget.

The Heart of Homecare

In February, we held a Heart of Homecare event in San Diego where caregivers and clients made cards for Governor Brown urging him not to cut the heart of homecare. Homecare provider Angelica Valentine shared that cuts to the IHSS program forced her family to live in their car for 3 days while searching for affordable housing. “It is next to impossible to find housing on our current wages,” she said. “It will be totally impossible if lawmakers cut our hours.”

San Diego caregiver Heather Ayers worked with her son to make a valentine to share their story with the governor.

San Diego caregiver Heather Ayers worked with her son to make a valentine to share their story with the governor.

Talking to lawmakers

In March, UDW caregivers and our clients spoke in front of legislative budget hearings against the Governor’s plans. Placer County caregiver Cindy Chapman told her personal story about the effect of the 40-hour per week cap on provider hours and what it would mean for her and her family. Stanislaus County provider Terry Walker-Dampier testified about how the 7% cut has impacted her family.

Janet MacLean, a Placer County client, summed it up saying, “If we’re not here, we’re not heard. We’re here to fight for both the recipient and the provider. We’re a team.”

UDW staff has been talking to lawmakers daily at the State Capitol. We have brought dozens of IHSS providers and clients to Sacramento to meet with lawmakers and educate them on the importance of homecare in our communities.

Terry Walker-Dampier educated lawmakers on the devastating impacts of the 7% cut.

Terry Walker-Dampier educated lawmakers on the devastating impacts of the 7% cut.

Next steps

We all need to raise our voices in order to stop harmful cuts to homecare. Soon legislators will be making decisions about these proposals and they need to hear from you. Call your lawmaker today by texting ‘IHSS’ to 237263 or by clicking here.

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