The NAEH has released their second edition to the series Economy Bytes. In this report, they discuss characteristics, statistics, and risk factors concerning the working poor. They begin by defining the term “working poor” as individuals who work over 27 weeks per year and are still at or below the poverty line. They have estimated that 19.4 percent of the people living at or below the poverty line are indeed a part of the working poor. This implies that an adequate amount of people living in poverty are not there due to refusal to work. People who are part of the working poor are more likely to live doubled up than people who are part of the working population living above the poverty line. This report defines “doubling up” as an individual or family living in a housing unit with extended family or friends because of an economic hardship. The working poor are also at a disadvantage because they usually spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing alone. They are often paid low wages and employed by jobs that are subject to be affected by seasonal loss or gains. The NAEH thinks policy makers should acknowledge the economic crisis and understand that these are the factors that effect homelessness.
By Brittanie Allen, HFF Intern
To view the full report click here: http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3597