TUESDAY, MARCH 15
SHASTA COUNTY CARE PROVIDERS TO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
A $.60 raise this year is step in the right direction to begin lifting workers out of poverty and strengthening local economy
REDDING, CA – Shasta County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Providers attended today’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting with a clear message: A $.60 raise is needed sooner rather than later.
Research shows that on average the 2,000+ IHSS providers invest $1.5 million dollars annually in the local economy by shopping at local grocery stores, diners, and pharmacies, to name a few places. And an increase to $10.60 would mean more than $90 thousand dollars a month in their pockets that they could continue to spend locally.
“Money earned in Shasta County is money spent in Shasta County,” said IHSS Provider Millie Martinez, who is a single mother that provides care to an elderly man. “Investing in the IHSS program and the workforce is a win for our community, but most importantly for our care recipients. They depend on us to survive but we have to be able to survive as well and our current income is just not enough to even cover the basics.”
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 at least $2,777 a month just to cover the basics. Currently, a Shasta County IHSS provider working 40 hours a week and earning $10.00 an hour earns only $1,600 a month before taxes.
Shasta County home care workers and care recipients began attending the BOS meetings last 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. They’ve presented them with an Economic Impact Study that illustrates increasing wages by $.60 would only cost the County $.11 due to federal and state share of costs.
The next bargaining session will take place on March 21, 2016.