Can't live on minimum wage


Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 9:53 p.m.

Jack Feccia's solution to the homeless problem (Voice, Jan. 2), "...let them get a job, earn some cash so they can pay rent," demonstrates a lack of understanding. I suggest he read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Through first hand experience, she shows why 40 hours of work per week, or even more, at minimum wage ($5.15/hour) is usually insufficient to provide adequate food and lodging.

Even better, let Feccia try finding a place to live at that income level.

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