Here at LifeSTEPS, our work is grounded on the value of equity and accessibility when it comes to having opportunities and resources for stability and success, which is why we support eliminating a Medi-Cal asset test that hurts California renters and limits equitable access to healthcare. According to a California Budget & Policy Center fact sheet, millions of renters–particularly older adults, individuals with disabilities, and BIPOC communities–face ongoing health disparities on the basis of age, race, ableism, and class. Renters are also compelled to “spend down” savings in order to qualify for Medi-Cal rather than apply that money towards emergencies or retirement. LifeSTEPS encourages state policymakers to join nine states and Washington D.C .in promoting greater and more equitable healthcare access by amending policies that unfairly cause barriers to essential healthcare.
Financial Literacy Month may be coming to an end, but at LifeSTEPS our team continues to engage residents in conversations about budgeting, bold savings goals, credit scores and fraud with our Money Matters curriculum and Stretch Your Dollars series. During COVID-19, financial fitness has become even more critical, as families and seniors prioritize paying for rent, food, utilities and transportation. Financial literacy empowers residents to achieve housing stability, age in place and thrive in life.
(DISCLAIMER: Photo was taken pre-COVID.)
Jaylene Cruz began her journey at LifeSTEPS working with children as an after-school program coordinator, where she learned from observing and communicating with her Director of Social Services. Now a director herself, she empowers her program coordinators to follow in her footsteps to grow and succeed.
When asked about Jaylene’s abilities, one of her managers stated “Never underestimate Jaylene’s fire and desire to see her students succeed and their parents be at peace, knowing they have such a wonderful support through her and LifeSTEPS.” Jaylene, we applaud your integrity, innovation and enthusiasm.
April is National Fair Housing Month, and at LifeSTEPS we’re committed to providing equal service to all our residents and putting an end to housing discrimination in any form. Our core values of integrity, innovation, empowerment, respect and personal growth are central to our culture. Everyone has a right to live where they choose, and we will continue to increase public awareness of everyone’s right to fair and equal housing.