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Old 04-07-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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Just something I've been thinking about...

How do poor people live in places like New York City, San Francisco, and DC? I'm aware of housing projects and section 8, and I know that there are a wide range of housing costs in each place, but the cheapest of "cheap" places in these cities will run you more than 600 dollars per room in a house/apartment; how does the average minimum-wage or just-above-minimum-wage person survive and pay rent in these cities?
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: a bar
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A lot of times there will be 6-10 people sharing 1 apartment. Mom, dad, their kids, plus aunts, uncles, cousins etc. People make it work.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Just something I've been thinking about...

How do poor people live in places like New York City, San Francisco, and DC? I'm aware of housing projects and section 8, and I know that there are a wide range of housing costs in each place, but the cheapest of "cheap" places in these cities will run you more than 600 dollars per room in a house/apartment; how does the average minimum-wage or just-above-minimum-wage person survive and pay rent in these cities?
They have babies so that they can get on welfare and government assisted housing.

and we get to pay for it.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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That's why I had to leave DC. I'm not poor but it was too expensive to live there. Would love to live in DC again but only if I had a good paying job or I was financially set.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I know some guys who lived in Berkely, Ca. and they were barely scraping by. I think they might have been section 8.

They moved to Youngstown, and are now multiple property owners. They specialize in green renovations, and market to an upscale clientele.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:57 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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children stay at home a lot later than their counterparts elsewhere.
everybody works. some ppl work more than one job.
young ppl normally room with other young ppl.
section 8 is an option for some ppl.
you don't even consider working a min wage job.
etc. etc.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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We recently had a discussion about this is in the California Forum:

USC Researcher: Hispanics and Asians less discouraged by high home prices than Whites
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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I know of plenty of immigrants who live with with more than just their "immediate" family.

The most densely populated areas of the country are in the immediate NYC area (outside of Manhattan) , which is rather expensive (for what you get), and predominately Hispanic.The amount of people living in small, fairly expensive apartments is shocking sometimes.
Asians do it too, look San Francisco, NYC, and Jersey City (these are all the most densely populated cities in the US, with the highest cost of living and highest percentages of Asians).

Poor white people need their space and live in shabby suburban areas.

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Old 04-07-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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It's too expensive to leave.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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Don't forget rent control. Or people lucky enough to have purchased property years ago.
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