We're losing a huge swath of a generation of kids because they can't fend for themselves, find jobs, and are constantly set back by a horrible economy. A New York Times article sounds the alarm about the kids ending up on the street but gives short shrift to the bad economy and instead highlights a new government plan to "help" the situation it created.
"Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults."
"The Obama administration has begun an initiative with nine communities, most of them big cities, to seek out those between 18 and 24 who are without a consistent home address. New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Boston are among the cities included in the effort"
What about Mom and Dad letting the boomerang generation come back home?
Mom and Dad are un or under employed themselves and can't afford the house with a basement where the grown up kids can cloister.Those who can move back home with their parents — the so-called boomerang set — are the lucky ones. But that is not an option for those whose families have been hit hard by the economy...[emph mine]
They admit it isn't just a youth problem--it's a systemic problem.
This is the Obama Economy. Where's the blame? Where's the call for more efforts to grow jobs? Check out this laughable paragraph:
This is the new normal.Those who provide services to the poor in many cities say the economic recovery has not relieved the problem. “Years ago, you didn’t see what looked like people of college age sitting and waiting to talk to a crisis worker because they are homeless on the street,” said Andrae Bailey, the executive director of the Community Food and Outreach Center, one of the largest charitable organizations in Florida. “Now that’s a normal thing.” [emph added]
Not only have so called leaders spent extravagantly and sent the bill to our kids, our kids won't have jobs to pay for the added expenses. The reliance on government programs will only grow worse.
Some of the comments I got about this yesterday include people with two bedroom homes housing five adults, three of whom had just moved in.
Heck victoria, kids back going to psu and pcc. We have 5 adults living in our 2 bedroom vermont hills home. Lucky we have an 'obama era' daylight basement.
Makes me feel fortunate that I can live on my own and have a decent place. But it's depressing when I barely make it by. I never can get ahead and that's what's so depressing about this economy for our generation. My roommate and I both have college degrees so you'd think we could have our own houses, but we have to split a tiny old apartment. Makes me even more depressed that it doesn't look like its getting better! Makes me worried for my son when he grows up!
I hired a 21YO for a FT position in Nov. On day 1 she gave me a list of 15 days she wouldn't be in thru Dec.