Those of you who know me know that I studied poverty in the US several years ago. To review the old information on the heels of the optimists trumpeting that the Great Recession is over shows that the Great Recession isn’t over at all.
And now I have become one of the Great Unemployed and the lessons I learned have come back to haunt me in a very personal way. I have not finished with this subject and I am not going to play nice girl any more.
Get ready. The articles below are just curations. To read the whole thing, click on the title or the URL at the end of each article.
I am going to reissue some information from the report I wrote 8 years ago. While the information may be out of date, the problem obviously is not. I have to tell you that this is not for the faint of heart.
New information from the Huffington Post 7.14.14
What It’s Like To Be Suddenly Poor And Homeless At 70 written by Sandi Bachom. (I have rearranged what she said.)
… Reversal of Fortunes:
I’m a new demographic… what I call, “suddenly poor”… people who have had money and because of some unforeseen circumstance are now broke. Many are homeless and most are seniors. I’m on Social Security, Medicare and food stamps, which makes me a Socialist I guess. But it wasn’t always like this. I used to be rich….
Truth be known, most of us are hanging by a thread, keeping up appearances. We’re all just one bad thing away… one illness, one firing, one SUV coming out of nowhere and mowing you down….
I’ve known the endorphin rush, walking down Fifth Ave carrying a bag filled with $3,000 worth of Prada… and the dull dread of seeing a $23 balance on my food stamp card, two weeks before it’s refilled….
I hope the Mayor sees this. Hell, I hope the President sees this….
Good and decent people are suffering, who have never suffered before. We are the invisible diaspora, in our 60s and 70s, living on the edge, hanging by a thread, embarrassed and riddled with fear and hopelessness, borrowing a couple of bucks to feed our cats.
I think it’s harder for the men, they hold it in, sitting in the darkness, quietly wondering, “How did I get here”?
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