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Thank you for your interest in helping Villa with our advocacy efforts! For more information about our current advocacy campaign, how to advocate, or to find please scroll down or click on the links in the green navigation bar above.

Villa's CEO, Kelly White, and Vice President of Adult Programs, Aaron Kitzman, attend the AB279 rally in Sacramento.

Current Advocacy Campaign

Fight for Bridge Funding Successful! (Updated 7/7/18)

Thank you to everyone who wrote, called, or emailed! Special thanks to Assemblymember Chris Holden, who has been and continues to be a champion for the intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) community. Thanks to everyone's advocacy efforts, the 2018-2018 California State Budget was passed with $25 million in bridge funding for service providers for one year. This will help service providers with local minimum wage increases until a new rate study is released in 2019. Currently, service providers are reimbursed by the regional centers at rates determined by the CA Legislature. Rates can be increased to meet state minimum wage requirements, but NOT for city or county minimum wage requirements. With the minimum wage in Pasadena going up to $13.25 an hour in 2018, in contrast to the $11 an hour mandated by California, current reimbursement rates will create a significant shortfall. The bridge funding was a necessary step to help keep doors open until a long term solution can be reached.

In addition, the implementation of the uniform holiday schedule was delayed for one year. This would have required an additional 5 days of program closures at Villa, which would have had an adverse affect on those that we serve and their families.

While the budget did have good news for the I/DD community, there is still much work to be done. Stay tuned for more advocacy updates as we continue to fight for the services and rights the I/DD community deserves.

General Advocacy Information

Villa has a desire to advocate for and protect those that cannot speak for themselves in the intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) community. As part of a coalition of 16 Southern California non-profits dedicated to increasing awareness and educating both local and state legislators, friends and families on the importance of continued funding, Villa works tirelessly with these and other local service providers to make our voice heard. We have been extremely active in our advocacy efforts - we contact legislators through emails, phone calls, faxes, and handwritten letters; we arrange meetings with legislators locally and in Sacramento; and we attend hearings and rallies in Sacramento. Villa's goal is to help protect services for children and adults with intellecual/developmental disabilites including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

As issues which affect our community come to light, we often request specific support from our base to help us with email or letter writing campaigns.

If you would like more information on how to become an advocate in your community, please email info@villaesperanzaservices.org. To stay up to date with Villa's advocacy efforts, please join our email list and check out our Facebook page.

Villa's CEO, Kelly White, and previous Villa family member, Margaret Morris, march in a Lanterman Coalition Rally.

Find Your Legislators

If you would like to contact your legislator, you can use the following two websites to find your representatives:
Find Your California Representative (State Assembly and Senate)
Find Your Representative (U.S. House of Representatives)

Otherwise, please reference the list of current southern California legislators below which cover both areas that Villa serves - the greater Pasadena area and the San Fernando Valley area, which includes Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village.
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