Posts tagged ‘jobs’

June 17, 2009

Minimum wage the new living wage!

Despite the current struggle in regards to our nations economic crisis, let it be known that it seems to negate the problem with homes being foreclosed one may take a look at our current living wage standard.

An assumption taken against the cost of living that is expected out of a general area, it is safe to say that as a Floridian I’m assumed to make roughly $16.68 an hour to reside in the state at a comfortable level. Meaning that all my bills are being paid on time and that I have not neglected and of my expected obligations. One can find descriptions of both minimum wages and living wages as the amount a full-time worker should be paid to earn a decent living, to meet basic family needs, to avoid poverty, and so on. The minimum wage is often described as a “starting wage” or a “wage floor” or “a wage to protect the most vulnerable workers,” in contrast to the living wage as a wage that can sustain a family.

As job loss is continuing to present itself as a hassle, the expected criteria that goes along with the interpretation of a fair and consistent wage agreement will soon be tested. With the introduction of a new president we as a nation also received an incentive as the minimum wage went up as well in the beginning of the year; however, with our nation lacking resources what will the new projection of a wage agreement be by the time this crisis is resolved?

June 17, 2009

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP

In September of 2008, members of the House along with several members of the Housing and Urban Development committee began talks to discuss changes in how homelessness is characterized and defined in the eyes of America. Since then, efforts have come to pass in the regards of preventive responses considering how homelessness is characterized by the Housing and Urban Development committee.

Under federal guidelines when considering someone that expresses the defined characterization of homelessness: “A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise applicable to such program.”(Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I; 11302. General definition of homeless individual)

The United States has the largest number of homeless women and children that has been reported since the Great Depression, have so many families been without homes. Homelessness became a significant social problem in the 1980s. The number of people experiencing homelessness has risen steadily to the present levels of three to four million annually.

As the start of 2009 and a new presidency begins the approach considered by this nation is that homelessness can be ended before it becomes a permanent feature of the national landscape. From that thought congress in its 111th session has introduced The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP),” under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Rapid Re-Housing is an innovative program that facilitates rapid re-housing by relying on early identification and resolution of a family’s or individual’s “housing barriers” and providing the assistance necessary to facilitate their return to permanent housing.

As Homeless Prevention is expressed, rapidly re-housing those that have been threaten by job loss and foreclosure by boosting the economic approach upon a federal response is the best option as of yet. Housing has become affordable to the point that this is the best case scenario to place an impactful consideration towards the employment and housing industries while they are pliable regarding a public view.

June 17, 2009

Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. I share your concerns about the availability of safe and affordable housing in Florida.

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit program provides an incentive for the investment of private equity into affordable housing for low-income Americans. Over the past 22 years, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has helped to create more than 2 million affordable apartments for low-income families.

I believe we must act to help those most at-risk in this receding economy. That is why I voted for HR.1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This legislation, also known as the economic stimulus package, includes a $2.2 billion investment in the low-income housing tax credit program to be made available to State housing agencies. These funds will offer an additional incentive for the creation of more affordable housing in Florida.

I will keep your views in mind as we continue to find solutions that address the economic difficulties facing Florida and the nation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again.

Senator Bill Nelson