Without employment and living wages, people are at risk of homelessness and housing instability. God also seems very upset at the income gap—some are living in great luxury while others have little or nothing.
Questions for Reflection:
- Does James suggest an answer to this problem?
- Does the gospel have an answer to this problem? If so, what?
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a household would need more than one full time minimum wage worker to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment at fair market rent anywhere in the country. In Chicago, it’s even worse. A person must earn at least $47,067 to afford a median priced one bedroom apartment in Logan Square. Need something larger to accommodate a family? You’ll need to earn at least $70,237! A person making minimum wage ($10 per hour) would need to work 135 hours each week—the equivalent of three full time jobs and 1 part time job! Why do you think so many people are opposed to increasing the minimum wage? If we cannot raise the minimum wage, what other ways could we make housing more affordable for families? Contact Logan Square Neighborhood Association to find out about affordable housing initiatives.