Investing in CILs Saves the State Money
In 2015 for every GF/GP dollar invested in CILs we returned $15. This translates into total taxpayer savings of $48 million.
CILs Promote Independence, Economic Self-Sufficiency,
Equal Opportunities & Full Participation in Society
The benefit to Michigan’s economy when we promote independence and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities includes:
- Increased Fiscal Responsibility and Decreased Dependence on Public Assistance
- Employment and Increased Tax Revenue
- Home Ownership
- Ability to Pay for Healthcare
- Increased Purchasing Power and Spending on Michigan’s Products and Services
When Michigan’s citizens with disabilities do not have access to opportunities which promote self-sufficiency, the cost to Michigan is great. First, the loss in human potential is incalculable. Each of Michigan’s CILs have a myriad of stories of real people who they helped discover a hidden wealth of self-empowerment which they have in turn used to better themselves and their communities. Second, when people with disabilities are not empowered to live independent lives, the direct costs in Michigan total in the billions. These supports include:
- Housing Vouchers and other housing Support
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Social Security Income
- State Disability Aid
- Transportation Supports
- Judicial/Corrections System
Plus, there are many other costs to a community such as the stress on community food banks, homeless shelters and other community services.
Every citizen in Michigan with a disability deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and CILs have a long history of being a wise investment to help people discover and reach that potential, along with helping to advocate for policy changes on a local, state and federal level that ensures equal opportunity and full participation into society.