HSC was back in Albany on Tuesday March 15th, to continue to spread the word about the Who Cares? I Do. Campaign. Carmen Collado of the Jewish Board of the Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) and Jose Caraballo, Sharon Dorr, Melveena Brown, Alicia Lyons, and several other members of Palladia, Inc. joined HSC.
HSC had a busy day meeting with staff members of several representatives including Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Senator Kemp Hannon, and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz to discuss budget cuts related to health and mental health. HSC voiced concerns nonprofit organizations have with proposals made by the Medicaid Redesign team, along with the sectors support of certain reforms.
All though the primary focus of the day was on health services, HSC took the opportunity whenever possible to show its support for extending the personal income tax surcharge (PIT) and alarm over increasing the fee for child care and neglect clearances from $5 to $60 for individuals who dedicate themselves to helping children.
HSC also spoke about the detrimental impact of eliminating the Advantage Housing Subsidy Program, which is not funded in either the proposed budget by the Assembly or Senate. The Advantage Program provides a subsidy for up to two years to help homeless individuals and families afford a place to live. Ms Brown, who runs a domestic violence shelter, told the heart wrenching story of how she broke the news to the families she helps that the Advantage Program is no longer an option for them. She worries some of her clients will see no other choice but to return to their abusive partner. Ms Lyons explained how with out Advantage, the homeless men at the shelter she runs will have nothing to work towards and encourage them to become employed.
HSC Staff with Members of Palladia