I'm an innovative thinker, but I'm admittedly a huge mathematical thinker.
Here's a scenario:
Consider a single person. By the way, persons are people.
Most 1 bedroom homes, albeit apartments or houses, rent for $700 to $1,500.00 in the greater Charlotte area and surrounding townships. Those units that rent for $700 usually come with add-ons such as unfit premises, mold and slumlords. I'm not being sarcastic. This is the reality for my fellow Charlotteans who currently rent homes at $700 per month.
Now consider the current minimum wage. Actually, let's consider an hourly rate above the minimum wage - $10/hour.
Let's say the person works full-time ... 40 hours per week.
$10.00 x 40 hours/week = $400.00 before taxes
$400.00/week = $1,600.00/month BEFORE TAXES
$1,600.00 - $700.00 = $900 - Car Insurance, Health Insurance, Food, Gas, Clothing, and all other life expenses IF YOU'RE IN AN IDEALLY "GOOD" HEALTH AND ECONOMIC POSITION.
NOW LET'S DO THE REAL MATH.
$400.00/week - $80.00/week taxes, SSA, etc = $320.00/month
$320.00/week = $1,280/month - $700.00/month = $580/month left BEFORE DEDUCTING HEALTH, LIFE, CAR INSURANCE (THE LATTER BEING LEGALLY REQUIRED) AND ALL ELSE.
It's clear that we needn't do the math for the real rental rate that most of us pay to show that a living wage is absolutely necessary. The path that we're on now will assuredly lead to a spike in homelessness for us all ... The People.
Do I support a living wage? Yes.
Do I support programs for affordable housing and to eradicate homelessness? Yes.