70-Hour Work Weeks, Sleeping In A Car: Personal Care Assistants Struggle To Care For Themselves

Dilliner Jordan prepares to bed down in her car in the parking lot of a friend’s apartment building in West Haven for the night on April 4, 2022. Jordan, a home health care worker who works four days a week with West Haven client Tracy Lamb, doesn’t make enough money for an apartment. She sometimes sleeps at Lamb’s apartment in a reclining chair but can’t do that every night. Credit: Cloe Poisson / for C-HIT.org

Dilliner Jordan works 62 hours a week taking care of two people who are too medically fragile to take care of themselves.

But she has no health insurance and often sleeps in her car because she can’t afford rent and a security deposit, even though she has been saved for months. She is fearful of staying at a shelter, which she believes will increase her chances of contracting COVID-19 for a second time.

“It does bother me,” the 63-year-old Brooklyn, NY, native said. “It bothers me a lot. I don’t understand how I could work two jobs and still can’t afford an apartment. I either make too much money for help or not enough.”

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