As part of the NY Caring Majority Coalition, JFREJ organizes Jews around intersections of age, disability, class, gender, and race to build a more caring economy — one with healthcare for all, universal long-term care, dignity and support for family caregivers, and fair pay and respect for care workers. Our goal is a society that truly values care in everyday life, and an economy that treats care-providing work as an essential sector of a sustainable economy; a world where all of us have the care and support we need to live full, healthy lives in climate resilient communities.

Fair Pay For Home Care

The Problem: New York State has the worst home care shortage in the country. While many of us don’t think about it until we need it, 70% of us will need long-term care at some point in our lives. The vast majority of us want that care to happen in our own homes and communities. But there aren’t enough home care workers to meet the growing need. The people we rely on to care for our family members struggle to get by on poverty wages; the average annual salary for home care workers in NY is just $22,000. Unable to find home care, people rely solely on family caregivers — who themselves have to take off work in order to provide care — or are forced into institutions.

Re-launching the Fair Pay for Home Care campaign, December 2021

The Solution:
Passing the Fair Pay for Home Care Act in the NY State Senate and Assembly will raise the wages of home care workers from ~$12.50/hour to at least $22.50/hour, bringing more people back into the home care workforce, and decreasing the home care shortage that leaves so many older adults and disabled people in New York without essential care. FULL Fair Pay for Home Care will raise care workers' wages by 150%, growing the sector and ending the crisis.

Current Status: In the spring of 2022, Gov. Hochul raised wages for home care workers for the first time in decades. She did so because thousands of older adults, disabled people, home care workers, family caregivers, and supporters organized and took action across New York State. But the small wage increase we won still isn't enough for home care workers to get by. Even worse: While Hochul acknowledged the home care crisis, and committed to ensuring that home care workers make more than minimum wage, she's since turned her back on this pledge.

We are fighting for FULL #FairPay4HomeCare in the next state budget. Click here to get involved!


Rabbi Guy Austrian's D'var Torah on Faith for Fair Pay (2022). Click here to read.

#Faith4FairPay Social Media Toolkit (2022). Click here to access the google doc.

The Eldercare Dialogues: A Grassroots Strategy to Transform Long-Term Care (2014). Click here to download.

Domestic Workers and Employers: Because Your Liberation is Bound Up with Mine, Let Us Work Together (2015). Click here to download the essay.

A Covenant of Care: A Brit for Shalom Bayit Peace in Our Homes (2013). Click here to download.

Domestic Workers Justice Haggadah Supplement (2006). Click here to download it.

The New York Health Act

If we want to live in a New York that works for everyone who gives and receives care, we need to take action for single-payer health care now. We need the New York Health Act.

This legislation would provide guaranteed, comprehensive healthcare that includes long-term home- and community-based care to all New Yorkers, regardless of income. It is the result of years of organizing by women, seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, home care workers, unions, undocumented people, and the uninsured. We call ourselves the Caring Majority because we know that when we join forces and refuse to be pitted against each other, we are an unstoppable force, capable of creating a truly caring feminist economy. Learn more about the campaign to #PassNYHealth and get involved today!

Photo of four people holding signs calling to pass the New York Health Act
JFREJ members calling to #PassNYHealth, December 2019