Council Member Margaret Chin awarded for her leadership on behalf of seniors, caregivers, and home care workers
City Hall Senior Center, 100 Gold St— Today, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin was announced as a 2018 Care Champion awardee by Caring Across Generations, a national caregiving advocacy campaign.
Council Member Chin was recognized due to her unparalleled effectiveness in increasing funding for seniors and senior services in New York City. As Chair of the City Council Committee on Aging, Chin declared 2017 the Year of the Senior and won $23 million in new funding for the Department for the Aging, the largest single increase in 15 years. As part of this, she established a city funding stream for $4 million for caregiver supports and was instrumental in winning approximately $8 million in total for case management and home care waiting lists.
Council Member Chin has also been a staunch leader in creating affordable senior housing with services at a time when 200,000 older New Yorkers are on waiting lists for affordable housing citywide. She delighted advocates by choosing to remain the Chair of the Committee on Aging in the new City Council earlier this year, demonstrating her commitment to older New Yorkers, family caregivers, and the direct care workforce. Advocates noted that her continued chairmanship will allow her persistent, thoughtful voice to grow and accomplish more in building a 21st century care infrastructure for New Yorkers.
“More and more families are struggling with how to care for our loved ones while making ends meet, but our policies are lagging far behind the reality of what Americans need,” said Ai-jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations. “Luckily, we have care champions like Council Member Margaret Chin who are taking concrete actions to make our care infrastructure strong enough for the 21st century.”
“Councilwoman Margaret Chin is indeed a Care Champion,” said Bobbie Sackman, member leader of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice and the New York Caring Majority. “As a result of her persistence and credibility, hundreds of homebound seniors who were on waiting lists for case management will now have a social worker who can oversee a care plan to allow them to age in place at home and in their community as they wish to. Hundreds more will receive home care services they desperately need to remain at home safely and independently.There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Councilwoman Chin is a committed leader for older New Yorkers and worthy of the inauguration of the Care Champion Award.”
“I’m proud to receive this honor with so many of the advocates who have joined me in the movement for a more age-friendly New York City” said Council Member Chin. “Together, we have achieved historic investments for seniors, and it’s a privilege to be your champion in City Council,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin, Chair of the Committee on Aging. “With your continued partnership, we can make every year the ‘Year of the Senior’, and shift the narrative to reflect the vital, active role that seniors play in every community. Thank you to Caring Across Generations and New York Caring Majority for this honor, and I look forward to continuing the progress we have made together.”
“For years, Council Member Chin has been someone we can count on to support the Caring Majority. We’re pleased to be able to honor her for her work, and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that all of us who need care and all of us who provide that care get the support we need,” said Irene Jor of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a steering committee member of the New York Caring Majority in New York.
Jodi M. Sturgeon, President of PHI, another steering committee member of the New York Caring Majority said: “Council Member Margaret Chin has done a great deal to bring the needs of home care workers, consumers, and their families to the attention of City Hall. PHI congratulates Council Member Chin on being named a Care Champion.”
“Thank you for your continual and unwaning support towards our senior services” said Joanne Chu, Director of Hamilton-Madison House, City Hall Senior Center. “Your advocacy have truly provided a dream come true to all our seniors who chooses to live independently and proudly representing the fabric of New York.”
In New York, Caring Across Generations and the New York Caring Majority are working to make long-term care services and supports affordable and accessible to all New Yorkers who require additional support to live independently; to improve the quality of long-term care jobs and create the caregiving jobs we will need to meet growing demand; and to protect essential programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Older Americans Act, and the Affordable Care Act.