The American Dream is Impossible for Low-Wage Earners in Santa Cruz

Not only are Santa Cruz workers not always getting minimum wage, but even those who are being paid fairly can barely afford to live here.

A 2010 National Low Income Housing Commission report discovered minimum-wage workers in Santa Cruz County have to work three full time jobs year-round, without vacation, just to afford a two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market rates.

Santa Cruz County actually has the highest percentage of families struggling to make ends meet anywhere in the Bay Area, found a 10-county United Way 2009 report, “Struggling to Make Ends Meet.”

Read remainder of the story at the Santa Cruz Patch


About Bob Voelker

Vice President and General Counsel, StreetLights Residential - Building Places that Life the Human Spirit.
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