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The RIL Blog

Best Christmas Present for the Homeless: A Tiny House

There is a group in LA called, “My Tiny House Project LA”. Their goal was to build 10 tiny wooden houses before Christmas. As has been said too many times, the answer to homelessness is housing. Yet, affordable housing isn’t being built to meet the need. The idea of tiny houses is one that is…

Sacramento Considering New Minimum Wage Ordinance

The City of Sacramento is considering a new Minimum Wage Ordinance. One of the elements is about sub minimum wages. Here is a letter we wrote to the Mayor and City Council. Dear Mayor Johnson, and City Council Members: Resources for Independent Living (RIL) is a non-profit, social justice agency promoting the socio-economic independence of…

Onward! By Guest Blogger Senator Tom Harkin (Ret.)

(Blog originally appeared on “Disability Blog” July 22, 2015 It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This nation has come a long way since the passing of this historic civil rights act. Before the ADA, I heard stories of individuals who had…

Medicare for All!

Resources for Independent Living has advocated for a single payer health care system for many years. We firmly believe that this would be the answer to providing affordable, health care to everyone, a health care system which all the other industrialized nations have adopted. Important to note, only in America do families go bankrupt over…

RIL and DOGFITE March to City Hall

The Pilgrimage to City Hall in Support of Affordable Housing   September 3, 2013 Our Purpose Throughout the streets of midtown last Tuesday could be heard the voices of 50 people chanting “Fairness, justice, housing now!” The Pilgrimage to City Hall in Support of Affordable Housing brought the Sacramento community together in the quest to…

Disability Benefits on the Rise in Sacramento

Sacramento region now leads state in federal disability benefit applications By Phillip Reese preese@sacbee.com PUBLISHED SUNDAY, JUL. 21, 2013 More workers across California are leaving the workforce and applying for federal disability benefits – and the Sacramento region is leading the way. About 57,000 residents in the four-county area receive monthly Social Security disability benefits,…

Do We Care?

Sometimes an article gets printed that is pure political poetry. “Do We Care?” is one of them. There are 2 professions that are exempt from federal labor standards: farm work and domestic work. Domestic Worker advocates are asking that domestic workers be provided with at least a minimum wage, and allow for breaks and sick…

House parity

Will Sacramento County turn its back on affordable housing? By Raheem F. Hosseini raheemh@newsreview.com This article was published on 03.07.13. Sacramento News & Review Affordable housing saved Darren Chastain’s life. The U.S. Army veteran was spiraling through “a lifelong, progressive addiction to meth” that disintegrated his 20-year marriage and nearly cost him his children before…

Seniors & adult children with disabilities

Aging parents worry about adult children with disabilities By Anita Creamer acreamer@sacbee.com Published: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 Jessica Funkhouser’s specialty is putting together small clamps that attach conduits to the wall, but she has big dreams. At 28, she likes dragons and dinosaurs, heavy metal music and history. She wants to be a writer. At…