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

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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