“This year, 3.5 million people will experience homelessness. The federal government says 42% of them are working at some point during the week. Clearly, the work ethic is there, but the wage to afford basic housing is not.”
This is true, I am trying to employ people in to $12.00 an hour jobs because the California Minimum wage is $8.00 – we beat the Federal wage by $.75. There is no way a family can live with one employed adult and pay rent and utilities and transportation and health care, and soap, and food and clothing on $8.00 an hour unless you know of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that rent for under $400.00 a month.
More on the Federal Minimum Wage and a Universal Living Wage (ULW) can be found here: http://www.universallivingwage.org/