For the Working Homeless Housing is out of Reach

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The National Low-Income Housing Coalition has recently released their 2018 Out of Reach report, which takes an in depth look at the correlation between wage and housing issues for low-income communities. The statistics cited in this piece all pertain to Cuyahoga County. Renting is the most viable option for people living paycheck to paycheck, but the numbers show it is still not that viable of an option for many.

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                        The problem becomes evident when looking at the gap between someone who makes minimum wage($8.30/hr), and the mean and median renter wage. A person making the mean($15.38/hr), and even median wage (roughly $14/hr), can comfortably afford to pay for a 0-bedroom apartment at Fair Market price($529/mo). While the mean and median wage earners can comfortably afford a 1-bedroom apartment, someone working full-time on minimum wage still falls $100 short per month for a 0-bedroom apartment, let alone a 1 or 2-bedroom apartment. The lack of affordable housing and low minimum wage work together to create huge problems. Not only does it create more homeless people, but people who are currently homeless will struggle to afford housing and escape homelessness. There will continue to be a steady rate of homelessness if the price of rent or the minimum wage does not change.

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By Connor McIntyre

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New Paper Published Today

WELCOME TO CLEVELAND

The new Street Chronicle is on the streets and ready for sale to the delegates in town for the RNC.  There are a couple of stories about the Community Women's Shelter and the hearing that took place in May.  There is an interview that Abby did with a transgender woman who happened to stay in both the women's and men's shelter.   Abby the intern also wrote about the important new guidelines for apartment owners issues with the re-entry population. 

Most of the vendors wrote stories for this issue.  Some were talking about the NBA championship which is new to Cleveland.  Others talked about their experience of being homeless or coming off the streets and into housing.  We have pictures of the new Public Square.  There are two additional stories from people who became homeless and how they made it off the streets.  You can pick it up at the West Side Market anytime they are open (even with the construction).  We also have vendors in the downtown on a regular basis. 

Brian Davis

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Thanks for the Pink Tie but How About Funds for Women's Health

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) thought it helpful to say that “I’m wearing a pink tie in solidarity with women’s health issues.” Commentary in the  Washington Post by Dana Milbank

Yesterday there was a show of "support" for women with the choice of a "female friendly" and unmanly choice of wardrobe in the political theatre known as a Congressional hearing.  Supporters of Planned Parenthood were diverted to an overflow room in their pink shirts so that a bunch of suits could fill the front rows with scowls of disapproval on their faces.  This seems weird since the pink shirt crowd could compliment the pink ties worn by the Congressman from Michigan.  This all seems like political theatre and there are so many more important issues that our elected officials could be working on to show solidarity with women's health.

  1. Family homelessness is on the rise and they need the strength of the federal government behind solving this problem.  It is too big of a problem for the local or state government and it certainly unhealthy to be homeless.
  2. Additional funding needs to go health care clinics especially in rural and segregated urban communities.  We need to keep reaching out to women and children with more affordable options for health care.
  3. The Congress should direct the states that have refused to expand Medicaid to stop playing politics with their people's health.  Why are 20 states still not allowing the modest income population suffer?
  4. We need to put more people put to work to improve the health of America.  The Congress needs to pass a transportation bill to put people back to work improving our infrastructure with good jobs that has health care.
  5. We need more affordable housing created in this country to begin to reduce the homeless population because housing is healthcare. 
  6. We could use some resolution of the high cost of prescription drugs in our society.  Why are the costs of life sustaining medicine so high in the United States compared to everywhere else in the world. 

Brian Davis

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