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[NJFAC] employed and homeless

Employed and Experiencing Homelessness: What the Numbers Show

Written by Julie Pagaduan September 2, 2022
Have you ever heard the idea that people experiencing homelessness "don't want to work" or they should "just get a job?"

The truth is that many do – in fact, a 2021 study from the University of Chicago estimates that 53% of people living in homeless shelters and 40% of unsheltered people were employed, either full or part-time, in the year that people were observed homeless between 2011 – 2018.

Despite how many people experiencing homelessness work, a job doesn't solve everything. Life-sustaining wages are a key determinant of housing security; however, most people experiencing homelessness are not earning enough to afford rent.

Low Wages and Underemployment: What the Numbers Show

The National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach Report calculates that a household would need to earn an average salary of $46,967, or $23 per hour, to afford a 2-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. This is much higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour – or in cities with a higher minimum wage. Even if people are working full time, they would not be able to afford housing earning minimum wage.....

wage stagnatio, investor purchases of housing, among other problems. jz
June Zaccone
National Jobs for All Network

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