Letter: Jobs don't pay enough to meet basic needs

10 Oct 2018

Letter: Jobs don’t pay enough to meet basic needs

Jobs don’t pay enough
to meet basic needs

Re: “It takes 3.7 full-time jobs to pay rent in Santa Clara County” (Letter to the editor, Oct. 7):

In response to Marie Bernard’s letter, I believe that in addition to creating more affordable housing available to low-income households, a larger change can and needs to be made.

The problem is not only that housing is not affordable to most families, it’s that jobs are not paying enough to meet people’s basic needs. While housing is the major thing income goes towards, after that, the amount of money many people make is not enough for the rest of their everyday expenses. This includes, but is not limited to, insurance, groceries and gas.

To fix the overall issue of poverty in our community, we need to start with creating higher paying jobs that can pay for those everyday needs many people are lacking.

Lindsey Warren
San Jose

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