Sep 22

Poverty

In New York City, Workers with Full Time Jobs Are Living in Homeless Shelters:

Puleo added he has “never seen” the homeless situation this bad.

Dilcy Benn, president of the union’s Local 1505, said more than 100 of the 1,000 parks workers she represents are living in shelters and at least another four, including Torres, are living on the streets on Staten Island and The Bronx. 

– From the Market Watch article: Hundreds of Full-Time New York City Workers are Homeless

One of the main data points that pundits and politicians who claim there is an “economy recovery” point to is jobs created. Please tell me, what good is a job if it can’t earn you a roof over your head?

Welcome to the Oligarch Recovery.

From Market Watch:

Angelo Torres punches in to work at 5 a.m. each weekday and spends the next eight hours cleaning up debris on Staten Island’s Midland Beach.

It’s a grueling job, says the veteran Parks Department maintenance worker, but also a welcome escape from the uncertainty of living on the streets as one of the city’s more than 300 full-time workers who are homeless.

“I cry every night thinking this isn’t really happening, but it is,” Torres, 45, told The Post.

Torres earns $33,662 a year but says it’s not enough to find four walls and a roof to call his own in a city where, according to StreetEasy, the median rent is $2,690 a month.

So he has spent the past four months living out of his beat-up 2001 Chevy Blazer with tinted windows. He has two small bags of belongings to his name.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Take a shower and wash your clothes!’ They don’t know what is going on. It hurts a lot. I work for the city. I never thought this would happen to me,” he said.

“A city job was always the gateway out of poverty,” said Joseph Puleo, president of Local 983 of District Council 37, which represents 3,000 blue-collar city workers.

“You knew you had a pension, a good job and didn’t have to worry, but those days are gone,” he said.

Puleo added he has “never seen” the homeless situation this bad.

Some full-time workers in DC 37 — whose locals represent a total of 121,000 city workers — earn just $24,000 a year.

Dilcy Benn, president of the union’s Local 1505, said more than 100 of the 1,000 parks workers she represents are living in shelters and at least another four, including Torres, are living on the streets on Staten Island and The Bronx.

It was unclear how many members were homeless before they began working for the city. The city’s Department of Homeless Services refused to comment.

Sokunbi Olufemi, of Communications Workers of America Local 1182, which represents 1,800 city traffic and sanitation enforcement agents, places much of the blame on de Blasio.

“Our mayor is traveling all over the world and most states in America talking about payment equality, but he hasn’t fixed the roof in his own house,” Olufemi said. “His roof is leaking, and he refuses to fix it.”

That’s how city employees are treated in the one place that benefited more than any other from the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street. At least financial service industry bonuses were saved.

For more on the “Oligarch Recovery,” see:

Neo-Feudal America – Median Wages for Male Employees Down 5% Since 1973

The Oligarch Recovery – Study Shows Real Wages Have Plunged for Low Income Workers During the “Recovery”

The Oligarch Recovery – Low Income Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Any Metro Area

The Oligarch Recovery – Renting in America is Most Expensive Ever

Another Tale from the Oligarch Recovery – How a $1,500 Sofa Costs $4,150 When You’re Poor

Just Another Tale from the Oligarch Recovery – $100 Million Homes Being Built on Spec

The Face of the Oligarch Recovery – Luxury Skyscrapers Stay Empty as NYC Homeless Population Hits Record High

Use of Alternative Financial Services, Such as Payday Loans, Continues to Increase Despite the “Recovery”

Portrait of the American Oligarchy – The Very Troubling Income and Wealth Trends Since 1989

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One Response to “In New York City, Workers with Full Time Jobs Are Living in Homeless Shelters”

  1. squodgy Says:

    If only…..

    http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/09/21/3-means-waging-personal-financial-revolution-against-the-banksters/

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