Sacramento County IHSS Overview
Presently, 22,219 Sacramento County low-income seniors and people with disabilities rely on 21,500 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers to deliver the care they need so that they may continue to live as independently as possible in their own home.
In addition to providing low-income seniors and people with disabilities with the vital care they require, the IHSS program does so at a significant savings to taxpayers. Even with increasing the wages of caregivers, the IHSS program costs on average 4 to 7 times less than institutionalization, thereby saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually.
Sacramento Home Care Workers: Living in Poverty
However, earning just $10.80 an hour, Sacramento County’s IHSS providers are living in poverty. In fact, according to the California Budget Project, a single parent in Sacramento County must earn $3,065 a month just to cover the basics. Yet, a home care provider working 40 hours a week and earning $10.80 an hour earns only $1,728 (before taxes). There’s no question that caregivers are struggling to make ends meet and often find themselves having to turn to government programs such as CalFresh to provide for their families.
As part of the We Care Sacramento campaign, Sacramento County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Providers will address the Board of Supervisors this Tuesday advocating for a fair contract and living wages.