At 58, Patti Miller found herself with no home, just $10 in her pocket, and desperate for work. She had lost her husband to cancer, and her job and savings to the 2008 financial crash.
What saved her was the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the nation's only job training and placement program for low-income seniors. SCSEP gave her skills, confidence, dignity—and a paid position at a local Head Start.
SCSEP has been helping seniors like Patti since 1965. But under the Administration's FY18 budget, it is slated for elimination. Read why it's worth saving >>
Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy
Illinois Aging Network Alert
A periodic report of the impact of the state budget crisis on Illinois Seniors and Community Programs on Aging, from
I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Contact: Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 or Jon Lavin 708-383-0258
Aging Network Continues to Lose Ground
Number of the Day – 12
According the Department on Aging, twelve different organizations have dropped Community Care Program Contracts since July 1, 2016. Not all have completely left the program - some sold components of their business with the purchaser becoming the new contractor, some closed sections of their programs while keeping others, but most have laid off staff and stopped serving Illinois seniors because payment for half their clientele was not and is not forthcoming. The costs of staff and the costs of doing business in Illinois must still be paid even though there is no State Budget resulting in payments are almost twelve months in arrear.
Right now there are nineteen current Community Care Program Providers that are reporting severe financial distress, some delaying their payrolls. This affects home care and adult day services staff who are already paid minimally. They are waiting for a paycheck, hoping their landlords will understand the delay in their rent, and dealing with reduced food and transportation budgets.
Here, in the last days of the 2017 General Assembly scheduled session, there seems to be some profiles in courage as bills have passed one or the other chamber to realistically and fairly deal with the Budget, but there also seems to be a willingness to permit the impasse to continue and to convince voters that someone else is to blame for the state situation, or even worse to say that Illinois can get out of this mess with smoke and mirrors.
I4A asks that the General Assembly and Governor care enough about older persons to put aside the posturing and solve the budget mess. We will have your backs if you step up and do what is right for Illinois – pass a budget, identify revenues to solve the current and long term challenges, and stop the politicking that tells the public “integrity and action” are mistakes. Doing what is right is right – the current situation is wrong!
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