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Initially published as a pamphlet by the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

© Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California Berkeley

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Alameda County employs nearly 8,000 homecare workers to help disabled and elderly persons live independently. Over one-third of these workers and their families—about 2,800—earn incomes that are below the official Federal poverty threshold. Many more struggle to meet basic daily needs and have to make difficult choices between caring for themselves and caring for others. Struggling to Provide is based on a recent survey of homecare workers in Alameda County that illustrates the insecure conditions in which many homecare workers live.



The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.