After the week she spended with her coworkers, she had gained information on how each one of them lives, “Gail is sharing a room in a well-known downtown flophouse for $250 a week, Claude…two room apartment he shares with his girlfriend and two other and unknown person, Annette…lives with her mother, a postal clerk, Marianne, … , and her boyfriend are paying $170 a week for a one-person trailer, Billy, … , lives in a trailer he owns, paying only $400-a-month lot free, Andy, lives on his dry-docked boat, Tina, … , and her husband are paying $60 a night for a room in the Days Inn, Joan, … , lives in a van parked behind a shopping center at night and showers in Tina’s motel room.”(pg. 20-21). The survey that was conducted by the author through her personal experience demonstrated that her coworkers try to split rent in order to pay less and try to save money for the next payment for rent.
A report prepared by the Economic Roundtable, Rental Housing 2011; The State of Rental Housing in the City of Los Angeles, noted that the city’s rental property had increased due to foreclosures that had started during the 2008 recession and been converted to rental property. Although this increased the options for renters, the incomes of family households had been decreasing since 1990. In this report, Daniel Flaming and Patrick Burns state, “Over the past decade, rent as a share of income has shifted from being barely affordable to predominantly unaffordable for renters (2012). They also note that the majority of renters in this area pay 30% to 50% of their income on rent. This is compounded by the problem of the increase of
Anna Garcia died unexpectedly on a hot summer day. The EMT broke down the door and found Anna lying face down on the floor. The case is being investigated. The persons of interest are Alex Garcia, Anna’s former husband; Doug Greene, Anna’s neighbor; Erica Piedmont, Alex’s new wife; and Lucy Leffingwell, Anna’s best friend. The person who is most suspicious of having something to do with Anna’s death is her former husband, Alex Garcia.
She began in Key West, Florida, her city of residence, in the late spring of 1998. Presenting herself as a divorced homemaker reentering the workforce after many years, she landed a job as a waitress in a family-style restaurant making $2.43 per hour, plus tips. (According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the combined hourly amount plus tips must equal the minimum wage or the employer is required to pay the difference.) Trying to make ends meet, she finds she must take a second job, as many others do, and continually look for “housing equilibrium” -- that elusive intersection of safety and affordability in a location close enough to minimize the impact of the cost of gas on her less-than-adequate income.
Ramona Salvarez: I am a federal circuit judge, which is pretty similar to an elected official, since I was appointed by a democratic president. But, if there was a difference it's probably my experience level.
“I took a trip to Oakland, California and fell in love with the area. We stayed at an Air B&B for the three days of our stay and the house was absolutely beautiful, it looked like my dream home. Despite all the glitz and glamour around us we noticed a large amount of homelessness compared to Columbus. We found out that this property is not someone’s home but a house used strictly as an Air B&B. When you hear something like that and see the amount of homelessness it makes you wonder how many of these homes are strictly for show? So after researching I found out, the reason for the rampant homelessness can be attributed to large increases in rent. Even worse, the cause for the increase is due to Silicon Valley” (Kasongo, 2017). Unfortunately, rent increasing virtually overnight is the reality of many low-income families. This situation is called gentrification and is felt throughout the world, from the Midwest, East coast or even Western Europe, no region is immune to this process. Gentrification in the Midwest is extensive and wide causing the displacement of many low-income minority residents which can lead to even bigger issues.
The cost for places to live like hotels, motels, or trailer parks may be within reason, but not enough for a blue collar worker’s salary. The difficulty in securing a place to live is not uncommon, and many have made ways to work around it like sharing apartments. Ehrenreich details these types of situations in her novel like “Tina, another server, and her husband [who] are paying $60 a night for a room in the Days Inn…[or] Joan… [who] lives in a van parked behind a shopping center at night and showers in Tina 's motel room” (pg. 25). Examples taken from Ehrenreich’s novel shows us the struggles that many have had to go through to secure a place to live. It isn’t to say that these people don’t work hard, but, unfortunately, this is the best they get for the work they put in and the pay they receive.
Selena Quintanilla, queen of Tejano music, wife, daughter, and sister, who tragically met her sudden premature death. She left behind masses of adoring fans mourning her loss, the new great view of Tejano music, a memory of the beautiful girl who sang her way into the hearts of millions, and the thought of what could have been. The thought of what might have happened if she reached full fame. Now, we can only reminisce in the idea of what she might have become.
Sonia Arceo is an important part of the community of Vinton. A mother of three children and worker of two jobs is one of the chairmen for the Village of Vinton. Being the only woman out of the council she has an important say in the decisions made in this community especially for the women of Vinton. As said before Mrs. Arceo has another job other than being the chairman of the Village of Vinton. She works at an immigration shelter for unaccompanied illegal minors seeking a better future in this country. The immigration shelter helps reunify the minors from Central America with their family or sponsors here in the U.S. When asked why Sonia works for the Shelter she responds with this statement “I really love to be a part of this organization because I get the opportunity to help motivate these minors to become good and successful citizens in this county.”
Hector and Celia Sanchez are the parents of six children. Junior, Emilia, and Vicki were born in Mexico but have legal documented status along with their parents. Gloria, Alejandro, and Carmen having been born in the United States are legal citizens. They are a close family, many times putting the family needs over individual needs and wants. Despite the current financial hardship they are experiencing, they have opened their home to Celia’s nephew, Roberto, as well as taking custody of their 4 year old grandson, Joey. Celia has been in the country for about 20 years, choosing to stay close to her family, she has not learned to speak English. This has become a concern to her because there are a number of important issues that could impact her and the family that she does not fully understand.
I evaluated the profile of my class colleague Lenora Lozano. The profile projects a positive message. The photo is high resolution and well presented, but it is not professional headshot. The profile is clean and concise. I can see from Lenora experience she is loyal and dedicated employee. Overall, profile enhances professional reputation of Lenora. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any recommendations on Lenora’s profile. I would recommend adding summary field, write persuasive headline, and provide more details about the job experience within the job experience field.
I was requested to visit Phoenix Arizona from Monday 6/26 to Wednesday 6/28/17. The reason was to address or investigate concerns from management. In this case a Full time supervisor, Michaela Edelman. Michaela has been with UPS for 18 years and over the years she has had several issues where the employees are known to not feel safe working with her.
One of the main difficulties low income individuals in urban spaces face is the access to affordable housing. Affordable housing “refers to housing intended for ‘low income’ or ‘very low income’ people” (Williams, 2003, p. 18). Housing is fundamental to the social and economic needs of people in the city. However, among the poor populations of this neighborhood, there is a shortage of affordable housing. The median household income in community board 4 neighborhoods is $27,000 (U.S. Census, 2013). Not only is the median household income almost below the national poverty line, but it is insufficient and cannot cover the rising costs of housing. Rent tremendously surpasses the financial budget of the low income residents in community board 4
Some individuals may believe that buying a home is part of the American dream and that renting an apartment does not compare, yet satisfied renters would disagree. Even though owning a home provides a sense of security while allowing modifications without permission, renting is preferred more often over buying because the expense of updating, monthly payments combined with utilities, and paying insurance on a home comes with a high price tag. A homeowner does have several luxuries such as forming lasting friendships with their neighbors, making landscaping changes to their yard, painting and designing their home. While that remains true, renting an apartment comes with several different options and