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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Homeless Counters find 2,140 outside

Numbers don't tell the story, unfortunately. Too bad there isn't the time or means to sit down with each of the homeless people over a cup of coffee. It would be quite a collection of tales, no doubt.
I've been watching the current debate in the Senate over raising the minimum wage at the federal level. The minimum wage has not increased for 10 years. All they're talking about doing is increase the wage to restore the purchasing power of ten years ago.
"What does this have to do with homelessness?" It's a reasonable question.
I am convinced that a major contributing factor -- one that the local Committee to End Homelessness cannot control -- is the gap between the wages of unskilled workers and the cost of housing.
There are more homeless workers than homeless panhandlers. Try renting an apartment when you are working day labor.
Let me know what you think. Rick



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