When I was visiting Sarasota, FL. Mike and I noticed several restaurants, stores, and cafes had to close early or close for the day due to staffing shortages. We just immediately thought it could be because nobody with those minimum wages could afford to live near that job. Even with our professional salaries, we couldn't find any affordable apartment 30 minutes away.Space in storage facilities, especially indoor climate controlled ones, is in very short supply, and prices keep going up, too. So when people lose their houses and apartments, they often lose their furniture, appliances, and personal belongings, as well
This also means it can be very difficult for a homeless person to rent a small space just to keep out-of-season clothing and other necessities safe. You can't do winter in Minnesota without winter clothing, and you can't do summer here in winter clothing. Both are deadly. Without a relatively inexpensive, lockable place to store a few things, homeless people pay more over time just to replace bare necessities year-to-year, season-to-season. As prices of everything continue to rise, continued replacement will become more and more impossible. As second-hand shops end up with people's clothing and belongings when they sell them to eat, it's possible that people could end up buying their own seasonal clothing the following year, assuming financial assistance or the people are working
Eating while homeless can be more expensive than if one has a refrigerator and a way to cook meals because eating out and eating prepared items is more expensive.
Easy to see how a day's wages, especially when working at menial takes like sweeping a parking lot or picking up and recycling cans, would be taken up entirely just by food.
What can someone working as a waitress or store clerk hope to afford?!