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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:02 PM

After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street

SEATTLE — Duane Taylor was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third.

Now, with what he calls “lowered standards” and a tenuous new position at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Mr. Taylor, 24, does not make enough to rent an apartment or share one. He sleeps on a mat in a homeless shelter, except when his sister lets him crash on her couch.

“At any time I could lose my job, my security,” said Mr. Taylor, explaining how he was always the last hired and the first fired. “I’d like to be able to support myself. That’s my only goal.”

Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/us/since-recession-more-young-americans-are-homeless.html?ref=us&_r=0

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groovedaddy Dec 2012 OP
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #1
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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:06 PM

1. I know 5 of them, they are friends of my sons

and all of them have spent some time in the last year staying with us because their families believe it is their fault they can't find enough work to pay rent. My own sons would have been homeless at some points in the last 4 years if I ascribed to the same fallacy.
In January, the eldest is moving back in because with one full time and one part time job, he's barely making enough for rent, child care and car payment/insurance/gas. Usually nothing left for food, unless he gets overtime. I'm just blessed that we have this big house and everyone can fit.

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:26 PM

2. there's more than just the 18-24 y/o group too

My friend is 33, and after his divorce and some bad jobs, he's been homeless for a year....he owes child support which will garnish his wages to the point that he can only afford a hotel room apt, thank goodness he got a job for the ski season, but in a few months it will be back to scrambling for another job

If it wasn't for my own parent's help, I'd be in dire straits myself...and I am 42

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:35 PM

3. Which would lead one to ask...

... how can you call it "after" the recession? The discontinuity between reality and media/government propaganda continues to be mind-boggling.

-- Mal

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:36 PM

4. GOP Obstructionists Refuse To Help

 

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:00 PM

5. 'AFTER', what is that suppose to mean?

 

the job market has been depressed
for 4 and a half years and counting.

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