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Surveying on minimum wage job While meeting todays needs Americans living in poverty due to government regulations low income jobs and lack of affordable housing When she was working as a waitress in Florida Enrenreich realizes from her co-workers of the poor living conditions that low income people live in She later concluded After a week she had compiled the following information Gail is sharing a room in a well- known flophouse for 250 a week Claude the cook lives in a two room apartment which he shares with his girlfriend and two other people As far in her survey other men live in similarly crowded situations Annette which is a 20 year old who is pregnant is living with her mother Marianne who is a server and boyfriend are paying 170 for a trailer Billy who which is the wealthiest of all of us Is living in a trailer paying 400-a-month for rent The other cook lives on his boat at the dry docks Tina and her husband live in the local hotel for 60 a night Joan lives in a van outside behind a shopping center 25 26 Why is it that over the past year 3 million men women and children was homeless and working low income jobs The National Law Center on Homelessness Poverty web site gave a great deal of information about low income housing and other issues with low income people httpwwwnlchporg In 2004 the demand for shelter rose 14 according to a survey released in December 2004 by the US Conference of Mayors on hunger and homelessness A missed paycheck a health crisis or an unpaid bill pushes low wage workers over the edge onto homelessness Some of the issues that stop low wage people to make it are lack of affordable housing lagging incomes and slashed services and government assistance Increasing rents destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable
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