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Oregon's Care Economy: The Case For Public Care Investment

The care economy is all around us and it’s growing. As people live longer and more parents stay in the workforce, there is more need for affordable, quality care that must be met. Caregiving is one of the fastest growing professions in Oregon.

But the care economy isn’t working for us. The cost to consumers is too high and the pay caregivers receive is too low. The reason is that the care economy is underinvested and ignored.

In this paper we make the case for a comprehensive public policy approach to addressing Oregon’s care gap by enabling family members to care for loved ones without economic penalty and ensuring paid caregivers are able to provide high quality care without compromising their own well-being, while all people receive care who need it.

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Care Stories

Don’t chase Amazon. Invest in care providers.

With news that Portland has joined the chase for Amazon's new corporate headquarters, everyone is talking about whether the retail giant would be good for Oregon's economy. But what about the potential for economic gains [...]

Report exposes widespread problems with services to people with developmental disabilities

Poverty wages and 90% turnover for Direct Support Providers put Oregonians with disabilities at risk Group home workers and people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) gathered at the Capitol on March 7 to testify [...]

Launa, Caregiver in Beaverton

Launa is a caregiver in Beaverton. She fought for better wages and benefits at work, which has led to better care for the people she serves. “When we formed our union at Avamere we won several [...]

Rachel, Parent in Portland

Rachel is a parent in Portland who struggled to find a job as a single mom. She wants affordable child care so she can remain in the workforce and earn a living to support her family. [...]

Laddie, Care Consumer in Portland

Laddie relies on his care providers for many daily activities. He needs care to be affordable and high quality. “Turnover is a huge concern for me. I have had experiences where I’ve been afraid in [...]

Armond, Caregiver in Portland

Armond is a caregiver who struggles to make ends meet. She is leaving the field to earn more as a TNC driver for lyft and UBER. “For the last 13 years, I have worked with developmentally disabled [...]