New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. As the number of cases continues to grow, it’s clear that this unprecedented pandemic will take its toll on both individuals and the entire health care system for years to come. But are we equipped to weather the storm?
Since this crisis began, home care workers have been on the frontlines, helping older adults and people with disabilities navigate this emergency while ensuring they have the daily support they need. Yet these marginalized workers are at constant high risk of contracting the virus—and those who remain healthy are stretched even thinner, as illness and fear deplete the workforce. Now is the time to support home care workers, who will ensure that our family members are cared for as New York starts to rebuild and more residents return to work.
Since 1985, Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA)—the largest worker-owned co-op in the country—has ensured that its 2,000+ home care workers have quality jobs and deliver quality care to clients throughout New York City. Yet CHCA is struggling with the same dire challenges faced by other home care agencies. They need targeted support, including personal protective equipment; technology to more effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other crisis situations; and the funding to ensure consistent care for clients while managing worker exposure and illness—and they need support now. Likewise, as the nation’s leading authority on the direct care workforce, PHI needs crisis funding to bring information and best practices to home care agencies and the broader direct care workforce sector across the state.
The money you donate to this fund will provide immediate financial support to Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) and its workers. This support will also help PHI build a stronger home care workforce within CHCA and across New York State—and effectively tackle the COVID-19 crisis. A stronger home care workforce means better care for New Yorkers—many of whom are at elevated risk of COVID-19 complications because they are older and/or coping with serious medical conditions.
Your donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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