In an Economic Policy Institute article titled Domestic Workers Chartbook 2022, it has been mentioned that more than 2 million domestic workers are present in the United States and there are many agency-based home care aides (source).
The main responsibilities of a domestic worker are cleaning the house, washing clothes, preparing food, taking care of kids, pets, and the elderly, and even driving for one or all family members.
Domestic workers in Chicago and their problems
It is believed that in the Chicago metro area, there are more than 55,000 domestic workers (source) and it is unfortunate that not all of them are paid well for their services. The most common problems they face are as follows.
- Low salary
- Late or no salary
- No minimum wage protection
- No legal protection or written contract between the employer and employees
- Long working hours
- Torture and abuse at the workplace
- Heavy workload
Chicago Resiliency Fund Program for domestic worker
If you are a domestic worker or an undocumented resident, you might be eligible for the one-time payment of $500 through the Chicago Resiliency Fund Program. This program aims to benefit up to 17,500 qualified Chicago residents and has been administered by Heartland Human Care Services.
Who can apply and where to apply?
It is important to meet the following criteria to be eligible for the payment.
- You should be a Chicago resident.
- Your age should be 18 years or more.
- Your total household income needs to be at or 300% lesser than the Federal Poverty Level.
- You are currently an undocumented Chicago resident or domestic worker.
This is the form to apply for the program. Please note that we don't guarantee that you will receive money because we are only providing information on the program.
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