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Press Release #WeCareShasta

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Scott Mann
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

#WeCareShasta

 SHASTA COUNTY CARE PROVIDERS TO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

A $.60 raise only costs county $.11 and results in over a million dollar impact on local economy

REDDING, CA – As Shasta County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Providers struggle to make ends meet, dozens of caregivers and supporters rallied and presented the Board of Supervisors (BOS) today with an Economic Impact Study that shows the economic benefits to affording them a $.60 raise.

Increasing IHSS providers’ wages by $.60 would only cost the County $.11 due to federal and state share of costs. Yet, the County would benefit fully as the wage increase would result in the creation of new jobs, an economic output of $1.67 million, and would generate over $115,000 in state and local taxes.

“It will only cost the county a dime and a penny,” said IHSS Provider Robert Brown, who is the only income earner in his household and provides essential care to his 12-year-old son. “And the return on investment is huge. It’s a win-win for the county and for the workforce.”

Caregivers currently live in poverty despite providing huge cost savings to taxpayers by preventing institutionalization of the elderly. According to the California Budget Project, a single parent living in Shasta County must earn $2,777 a month just to cover the basics. Yet, a Shasta County IHSS provider working 40 hours a week and earning $10.00 an hour earns only $1,600 a month before taxes.

“We’re not asking for riches, we just want to make enough to survive and to continue doing the work that we do,” said Brown. “As the cost of living goes up, it’s still my job to provide for my family.”

Shasta County home care workers and care recipients began attending the BOS meetings in June to impress upon county representatives the need to take steps to attract and retain the necessary workforce to meet the growing demand for in-home care. Unless steps are taken to provide workers with a livable wage, the county could be facing a “care crisis” in the years to come.

To read the full Economic Impact Study, click here: We Care Shasta

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Shasta County home care workers, care recipients, and supporters rallied outside of BOS meeting

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