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Old Today, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by oldtrader View Post
You are discounting the youth and adults, that do not have the mental capacity (not stupid, but more limited than the average person or above), to do other than the jobs like janitor, clerks in mom and pop stores, manual labor jobs, housekeepers, etc.

Everyone does not have the ability to be accepted into college. Everyone does not have the ability to really get into a better job, that can lead to sky's the limit life experience.

In my zip code, those clerk jobs pay $15/hour. That's $30K. The thing about those jobs is you're expected to show up on time every day and actually work for your paycheck. You're expected to be honest and not lie/cheat/steal. If you're single, you have room mates. If you're married, dual income is $60K and you can afford a starter home if you pay attention to your credit rating and save diligently for the down payment.

Generally, the housing shortage is for single parents locked into generational poverty and who expect subsidized housing. Affluent towns fight affordable/public housing to the death because it places a huge burden on the public school system without adding to the tax base and kills public school ratings depressing housing prices. Private money isn't going to fund affordable/public housing. That creates ghettos and socioeconomic segregation. If you create more public housing, you just perpetuate the problem. What we have to day is really lousy public policy that rewards poorly educated women with free housing and free health care the minute they pop out a kid. Because all that is administered at the state level, there is no labor mobility for the bottom 20%. It's not like the southern migration or the Jobe family in the Grapes of Wrath where the poor moved to places with greater economic opportunity.
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Old Today, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rruff View Post
Wages are depressed at the low end, but if wages increased the housing prices would just increase as well. Won't solve the problem.

The problem is caused by people not being willing to vote with their feet and MOVE!
The problem is too many young people causing an overcrowding in cities. If they lived with parents and went to school locally that would significantly help to make housing more affordable.

Additionally, if government was forced to build more public housing for low income people instead of placing them into section 8 apartments, rents would also become one more affordable for working people.
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