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August 31, 2019

The New American Homeless

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:16

https://newrepublic.com/article/154618/new-american-homeless-housing-insecurity-richest-cities

So much more at the link above, please give it a read.   Hugs

If the term “working homeless” has not yet entered our national vocabulary, there is reason to expect that it soon will. Hidden within the world of homelessness has always been a subset of individuals, usually single parents, with jobs; what’s different now is the sheer extent of this phenomenon. For a widening swath of the nearly seven million American workers living below the poverty line, a combination of skyrocketing rents, stagnant wages, and a lack of tenant protections has proved all but insurmountable. Theirs, increasingly, is the face of homelessness in the United States: people whose paychecks are no longer enough to keep a roof over their heads

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  1. Hi Scottie;
    I don’t know what this woman does for a living, but at $9 she is only clearing $20.10 per family member per week, presuming she doesn’t pay anything in taxes, working a 40 hour week. Some people think the problem is lazy people on welfare. I think there are lazy people on welfare, because frankly there are always going to be those who milk the system, but I also think that we are supplementing an great number of people that are not earning a fair wage no matter how hard they work. This is just one example of someone who works very hard, evidently, and is moments from being homeless.

    We have a classism problem in this country, and it’s only getting worse. The scary thing about classism issues is that they only go on so long. Sooner or later the country falls apart due to a crumbling foundation, or it self-immolates due to a desperate foundation. Maybe we will get lucky and someone with a sense will be the next president.

    nervous hugs;
    randy

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    Comment by randy — August 31, 2019 @ 18:29

    • Hello Randy. Well she was a home health care provider, basicly a C.N.A. I was a C.N.A. A. So while I was getting about $15.00 A hour plus benefits to start, she was getting $ 9 dollars a hour and no other add ons, plus we have two incomes which she did not. I know where I live you couldn’t get housing on that amount if you had any other expenses. It is horrible what has happened to the working people in this country since 1970. The fact is during the recession of the 1970’s people had more disposable income than they do today. The fact is that for the last forty years there has been an attack on the poor and working poor. It started maybe with Reagan. I just posted how most people can not even rent an apartment today. James , the boy we took in , had to get two roomates to afford a decent place and he works for the country, makes a decent wage and works OT. He is trying to find something better. We are about at the tipping point in our country for a huge showdown or revolution because the majority of the country can not live under the rule of the minority wealthy class. I am not sure what is going to happen but for over 40 years there has been a push to transfer all wealth to the upper class. Grover Norquist is a huge part of this. history show this ends in violence. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 31, 2019 @ 20:42


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