On March 31, 2021, President Biden introduced the American Jobs Plan, which is the first half of his administration’s “build back better” infrastructure initiative. (The second half of the initiative, the American Families Plan, was introduced on April 28, 2021.) The Plan proposes a $2 trillion investment in infrastructure, including $400 billion for expanding home and community-based services and raising home care worker wages, among other benefits. This fact sheet explains why the American Jobs Plan matters for direct care workers.
Advocates from every sector should reach out to their members of Congress and encourage the enactment of the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan.
Wages for direct care workers have remained low for years, forcing many workers into poverty and out of this field.
Strengthening the direct care workforce—a major part of the care infrastructure that sustains American families and the economy—will require a range of strategies.