Archive for January 11th, 2008

Earlier this year, we commented on a series run by MSNBC called “Gut Check America” which looked at the ways in which the “middle class” is feeling the financial strain of the rising costs of living within the United States.  A recent article in the Buffalo News explores the impact of the increasing costs locally of food products, gasoline, and extremely important here in WNY, heating homes and apartments.  Families and individuals across the socioeconomic spectrum are feeling the pinch, some more so than others, and are making lifestyle adjustments, now paying attention to those details once taken for granted.  As one respondent, John Klukowski, points out, “The rising cost of living means that after the family’s bills are paid, there’s not a lot of money left over.”


While it is clear that the “middle class” is feeling financially strained, what of those people who are precariously housed or not housed at all?  “Imagine people who do not work or who work part time or are on public assistance,” Melendez said. “I don’t know how they’re making it.” In a region that is continually noted for its lack of economic opportunity and growth and for its status as one of the poorest large cities in the country, it is imperative that we ask these questions.  As one online commenter to the story mentioned, it would be beneficial to hear from such families and individuals.

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buffalo news article on the cost of living

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Our friends at the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless have put together another great workshop for the community regarding the Department of Social Services.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 30th from 8:30am to 4pm. It will be at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. 

More a conference than a workshop, the all-day event gathers together human services advocates and Department of Social Services representatives to announce changes in mainstream benefit programs, update on eligibility requirements and application processes, and troubleshoot barriers to service.

This year’s workshop will be more interactive with opportunities for advocates to speak with DSS representatives about frequent concerns.

The Homeless Alliance is excited to see how motivated the advocates are in our community to put together an event like this and encouraged by the willingness of the Department of Social Services to participate in this event.

If you would like to register for the workshop, it is $15/person if you register before Jan. 18th; after that date registration is $20 (this includes lunch, beverages, and snacks). Either way, this is a very affordable fee for an all-day workshop with this much information. Make your checks out to “WNY Coalition for the Homeless” and mail them to:

Adrian Slocum
c/o Catholic Charities
525 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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