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Subject:  Re: OT:Nickel and Dimed Date:  12/31/2002  1:25 AM
Author:  bhowardinaz Number:  88288 of 888931

I did read the book and I agree it has a lesson for all of us. The most revealing part for me was how difficult it is to get into housing. There does not exist enough affordable housing for those with low incomes - I'm speaking of minimum wage earners, like waitreses, housecleaners, janitors, temporary workers. The problem the author encountered was the large sum required for deposit (2-3 months rent) and the cost of housing in the markets she reported. I know where I live, a studio apartment is $600-$800 per month, making the initial outlay about $2000. At $6.50/hour figuring a 15% withholding (tax and SS and Medicare) a person would have to work almost 3 months to save up just for the deposit. The people she worked with were not slackards. I would encourage you to read the book. It might give you a new perspective.
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