The Budget Fight Continues

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The Housing Advocacy group DRACH led the Access Living contingent in Springfield on April 15
Much of the text below taken from the Action Alert of Amber Smock, Access Living’s Advocacy Director, on April 15

Yesterday, April 15, 20 Access Living advocates (Led by DRACH) were at the State Capitol in Springfield, calling on legislators to help support home services, transportation, and housing.

Access Living was joined by other groups, also calling on the the Governor and state legislators to raise revenue and protect the rights of marginalized groups. The Springfield visits were under the backdrop of Tax Day, a day in which hundreds of activists in Chicago rallied and marched for the Fight for 15 Fair Wage campaign. Access Living has been supporting fair wages for personal attendants and home care workers. Good pay helps us keep good workers.

Sadly, the visits were also under the cloud of news that disability advocate Henry Williams(pictured below) had recently passed. A nursing home survivor, Williams fiercely fought for his right, and the right of others, to live independently in an integrated community.

Highlights of Access Living’s Springfield agenda included:

• Supporting HB 3189, which would provide a tax credit to home owners who do home modifications to improve access

• Supporting SB 2129, which would provide for full funding for the Home Services program, the Centers for Independent Living, and the Community Reintegration Program (at Access Living, CRP money supports our Stepping Stones community integration classes)

• Supporting HB 3110, which would ensure that taxes from jet fuel are actually paid to the Regional Transit Authority to support transit costs, and which has a preamble specifically advising that the funds should be used to help pay for paratransit costs and free/reduced rides for seniors and people with disabilities

• Supporting HR 344, which opposes changing the DON score from 29 to 37

• Supporting SB 1547, which protects residents who have to call the police from being targets of unfair evictions
Also, our advocates are asking legislators to help fight for revenue solutions to help fix the state’s budget.

If you have a few minutes to take action on these items, check out the links below.

Action Alerts:

If you would like to take action on home services, please use this alert . It’s ok to do it more than once!

If you would like to take action on transportation, please use this alert .

If you would like to take action to stop cuts to Early Intervention for kids with disabilities ages 0-3, please use this alert .

If you would like to take action on SB 1547 to protect tenants, use this alert .

Image of man in scooter with sunglasses (on right), man on right in power chair and hat Thanks for your efforts. With your support, the fight to keep people with disabilities and seniors living in our homes, not nursing homes!