Greensboro NC YWCA new family shelter reveals the real economy and faces of hunger, News Record reports hunger correctly but misstates employment, I’m tired of lies from Washington and state capitals about jobs and the economy
“In December 2014 there were 18 million immigrants (legal and illegal) living in the country who had arrived since January 2000. But job growth over this period was just 9.3 million — half of new immigration.”…Center for Immigration Studies February 2015
“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton
“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells
I’m tired of lies from Washington and state capitals about jobs and the economy.
I am also tired of the mainstream media misrepresenting the economy and jobs situation.
Occasionally the Greensboro News Record produces a meaningful, quality article. This is one.
“24 hours in the YWCA’s new family shelter in Greensboro”
“Outside, the rain is cold and pounding.
A clock inches toward 8:45 a.m., the time each day that guests must leave the family shelter at the YWCA, which won’t reopen until late afternoon.
A young dad — who just finished packing a day of snacks from a table where brown paper bags are laid out for families to use — has to get the last of his brood into a coat.
And that child — one of four siblings under the age of 4 — isn’t cooperating.
“No,” she says firmly, perhaps sensing the misery to come, as the family’s normal routine includes a half-mile walk to the nearest bus stop.
Cries echo down the hallway as the siblings eventually trudge like baby ducklings out the door behind the mom, who just finished her last college exam and is on winter break, and the dad, who finds activities for the children during the day.
Jan Hill, the overnight staff person, locks up behind them.
These are not her favorite moments in the 24-hour cycle of one of the state’s few homeless shelters for families.
That the families had a warm bed, place for the children to run around and free meals last night gives her some solace.
A place to stay
The YWCA shelter is a place where families are able to put their lives back on track.
It is a modest space, with its own entrance at the back of the nonprofit’s building on East Wendover Avenue, that can house about 30 people. At the moment, that’s room for seven families.
The shelter’s goal is to help homeless families develop skills to achieve financial stability, pay off debts and save enough to move into permanent housing. A case worker works with them. Closing the doors at 8:45 a.m. is a nudge to the parents, that they need to be using their time wisely, such as going out looking for jobs.
The ones who seek help here are in the growing number of families who have fallen out of the middle class because of layoffs or companies closing or underemployment; of working-class people grappling with loss of benefits or reduced hours or rising prices that give them less to live on; and of others who may work several part-time jobs while going back to school to get GEDs or training or degrees that can make the family self-sufficient again — or for the first time.
Many end up on the other end of the line at the YWCA shelter, asking if there’s any room. Families are also referred by other agencies.
Problem is, the shelter can only take in a few and the need is great. Estimates show that in Guilford County at least 70 families are on a waiting list for a shelter at any given time. In the meantime, they and those that are deemed the invisible homeless, may live in cars or hotels or sleep on the couches and floors of friends as long as they can.
“When you are living in day-to-day crisis mode, it can be hard,” shelter director and case manager Michelle Cheek said. “It’s not alleviating all of their problems, but it’s reducing their stress.”
Most shelters are built like dorms with beds for adult men and women, grouped by gender.
Here, there are three separate bedrooms on one side for families with dads and older male children. These families share a large private bathroom. The other side holds a large space divided by partitions.
There are communal showers like those in middle school gyms.
A larger space is covered with tables for meals and a play area that’s stocked with books and has mats on the floor for children.
There’s a laundry room with multiple washers and dryers.
A large pantry nearby is stocked with breakfast cereals, fruits and other items — on this day, muffins — donated by volunteers and local businesses.
During the day, children go to school while their parents work or look for jobs.”
“The YWCA program opened in July with no funding dedicated to the shelter at all. It has depended on individual donations, a handful of local churches and a few grants.
And Garnette’s sheer will.
“I’m a strong believer that when you do the right things for the right reasons, they work out,” Garnette said. “We researched it. We believe it’s necessary. And in this community, it’s not OK for 2-year-olds to be sleeping in cars.””
“Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on a recent day, a school bus stops and drops off two of the children living at the shelter.
The doors to the shelter won’t open for another hour and a half, so the kids climb into an aging vehicle with their mother and they drive away.
A slightly older child who got picked up from school by his mom sits with her in the car — a beat-up vehicle with a missing passenger side window now covered by a towel — until it is time to come inside.
When the doors open at 5 p.m., some of the older children come in carrying heavy backpacks and almost immediately disappear into their family’s room.
“I think it is harder on the older children,” Hill said. “They remember what it was like to live in their own home.
“They also worry that their friends will find out.”
But after living on the streets or having nowhere else to turn and empty pockets, the parents know it is their best — and only — option.
Among the families who have stayed here recently is a single mother working two part-time jobs. She came here when her youngest son was just 2 weeks old. He’s now 3 months old.
Once she can settle an old Duke Energy bill that she says someone else ran up in her name, she will be able to move into her own apartment.
Another family learned of the shelter after neighbors in an out-of-the-way cul-de-sac noticed a car idling there for hours. When the car’s dome light flipped on, children could be seen moving around inside. They called police, who called the shelter.
There’s the single dad who had been sleeping on a park bench with his 4-year-old daughter because an old eviction kept him from being able to rent again.
He recently sat at a table in front of a woman who was laid off from a full-time manufacturing job. She sees the program as a place for her to start over.
“It was comfortable and safe, and I slept so good that first night,” she said. “But I just want to find a job, find decent housing, and I can go from there.””
Also from the Greensboro News Record December 27, 2015.
“North Carolina’s job growth doesn’t necessarily mean prosperity, stability or recovery”
“A dramatically changing economy in the state, corporate practices that erode wages and a common type of fraud that cheats workers out of wages and the state out of tax dollars are all part of the problem.
Here are some of the key figures to show you the shifts in the region’s economy since the turn of the century:
- From January 1999 through November 2015, the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan statistical area lost 32,500 goods-producing jobs, which typically pay high wages, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.
- During the same period, the metro area gained 40,200 service jobs, which pay lower wages and offer employment with less stability and fewer benefits.
- Although the national unemployment rate, at 5 percent, has returned to its pre-recession level, unemployment in the Greensboro-High Point metro, at 5.5 percent in November, remains above the 5.3 percent rate of January 2008.
- North Carolina’s median annual household income in 2014 was $47,000, down from an inflation-adjusted $53,000 in 1999, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In the United States, 13.3 million more people are working than at the depth of the recession in 2010, and 4.5 million more Americans are working than before the recession in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many economists say the nation has fully recovered from the recession, and North Carolina’s major cities are the state’s success stories. But many rural counties and smaller metropolitan statistic areas — or MSAs — have not seen that level of success, which has created an uneven economic recovery, said a year-end report by the N.C. Justice Center, a nonprofit group that studies labor and economic issues. According to that report, 26 of the state’s 100 counties lost jobs from October 2014 through October 2015.”
Lower-quality jobs is not the only reason for the wage decline, Shaw said.
Corporations have added more temporary, or “contingent,” employees to their workforces, either to account for seasonal variations or create a permanent level of employees without benefits or other perks that permanent workers receive.
Shaw said temporary workers are becoming a permanent strategy for many companies in this state.”
Now let’s set the record straight.
The New Record and other mainstream media won’t touch this because it indicts Obama and illegal aliens for taking native born American jobs.
The News Record stated:
“In the United States, 13.3 million more people are working than at the depth of the recession in 2010, and 4.5 million more Americans are working than before the recession in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
There are ZERO more white Americans working since 2008 and only approx. 4 million more since 2010.
That is a huge difference!