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Improving Home Care Employment Opportunities: Assessing the Feasibility of Home Care Cooperative Development in the Detroit Region, Michigan

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January 15, 2020
Improving Home Care Employment Opportunities: Assessing the Feasibility of Home Care Cooperative Development in the Detroit Region, Michigan

Can cooperative development help address these employment challenges in Detroit’s home care sector? This report examines the feasibility of cooperative development in Detroit’s home care sector as a strategy for improving job opportunities in the region, addressing the home care workforce crisis, and strengthening access to quality care for those who need it.

Key Takeaways

There are two key ways to address Detroit's entrenched poverty: build pathways into work, and increase the number of jobs that promote economic self-sufficiency.
The home care sector presents a unique case for enacting these strategies—given that there are a growing number of home care jobs available, but few pathways out of poverty for home care workers.
Cooperatively structured home care agencies present viable opportunities for improving wages and job quality for workers in Detroit.
 
Kezia Scales, PhD
About The Author

Kezia Scales, PhD

Director of Policy Research
Kezia Scales oversees PHI’s national research strategies to effectively study the direct care workforce and its relationship to long-term care, providing an evidence base to inform public policies on this critical workforce.
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