the Party’s On Us…Middle-Class Family Living In Storage Unit After Losing Jobs

Are both parties having a party at our expense?  While separating ourselves from each other by party or ideologies might be something we have thought benefitted us but the real question is have we gained from it.  Whether you live in rural America or inner city has blindly following a political party benefitted any of us?

What can we do?  Change the direction ourselves. 

Americans its time again to answer the call.  This could be any one of us.  Here is what we all can do to lessen the odds.  And, do something pro-active towards improving American life.

Every time we read stories like this let’s email, print and fax them to our congress member’s office.  Literally, bombard them with heart breaking American stories that could have been prevented or remedied by them.

Contact your public officials

www.whitehouse.gov, www.senate.gov, www.house.gov

www.congess.org

Something to get you started

Bridget and Ed Robertson were a normal a middle-class couple from greater Phoenix, Arizona. Then, within just weeks of each other they were both laid off from jobs they’d had for years. Neither could get anything new despite hundreds of applications. They couldn’t make their car payments or pay their rent. Soon, they found themselves homeless.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/29/family-sees-shame-fear-in_n_303537.html

Recession pushes income gap between rich, poor to record

WASHINGTON — The recession has hit middle-income and poor families hardest, widening the economic gap between the richest and poorest Americans as rippling job layoffs ravage household budgets.The wealthiest 10% of Americans — those making more than $138,000 a year — earned 11.4 times the $12,000 or so made by those living near or below the poverty line in 2008, according to newly released census figures. That ratio is an increase from 11.2 in 2007 and the previous high o11.22 in 2003.

Household income declined across all groups, but more sharply for middle-income and poor Americans. Median income fell last year from $52,163 to $50,303, wiping out a decade’s worth of gains to hit the lowest level since 1997. the median is the midpoint — half of households made more, half less.

 http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-09-29-income-gap-census_N.htm

Homeless Ga. sex offenders ordered to move

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Nine homeless sex offenders scrambled to find housing Tuesday after they were kicked out of a makeshift tent city behind a suburban Atlanta office park where state officials had told them to live.Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren said state officials ordered the offenders to leave Monday night after The Associated Press reported details of the unique arrangement.

 Ahmed Holt, manager of the state’s sex offender administration unit, had called the camp a “last resort” for people who could not find places that complied with Georgia’s strict restrictions on sex offenders. He did not return calls for comment after they were ordered to leave.

 BACKGROUND: Homeless sex offenders move into Atlanta woods

 Corrections officials said they were working to find the men “suitable housing.”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-09-29-sex-offenders_N.htm

Highest Homeless Population and Rates by State

The vast majority of homeless people are counted in Urban and Mostly Urban areas.

http://www.endhomelessness.org/section/data/interactivemaps/homelessratesbycoc/

New Initiatives for Citizen Aided Change

  1. Drop in Consumer Confidence-Weighs on stocks market; slides after consumer confidence index fell
  2. Consumer Financial Protection-consumer protection a major facet of its financial regulatory reform plan, proposing a new agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) as one of its reform proposals.
  3. Don’t Buy the Hype-The most important signal of any recovery is an increase in employment.  Interest rates are low and won’t be raised, slide in manufacturing, job seekers hoping for temporary work during the holidays may be out of luck anxious retailers trim hiring budgets, banks are charging consumers record fees for checking account services, unemployment will continue to rise past 10% into next year.

 

 

Bridget and Ed Robertson were a normal a middle-class couple from greater Phoenix, Arizona. Then, within just weeks of each other they were both laid off from jobs they’d had for years. Neither could get anything new despite hundreds of applications. They couldn’t make their car payments or pay their rent. Soon, they found themselves homeless.

 

 

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2 responses to “the Party’s On Us…Middle-Class Family Living In Storage Unit After Losing Jobs

  1. Carol

    Saw this on HP too. I am just at odds to what we all can do. This is a nice start. I’ve read too many of these type stories all year long. After awhile, even though it is not happening to you, it feels like it is happening to you.

    It weighs heavy on your heart.

  2. Ben Lamar

    How congress can turn a blind eye to this stuff is beyond me. Perhaps you are right, maybe they are not seeing or reading this stuff as much as we are. Therefore we should bombard them with everyday American horror stories. The kind they could fix if they stopped arguing over nothing.

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