- Posted October 4, 2013 by
red bank, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
This is how we live
I can’t go back to school because I can’t afford to. My student loans have defaulted and are now being garnished from my paycheck. I can’t afford another degree program because I now work at a supermarket, making $10.00 per hour, part time. Even if I worked full time, I still wouldn’t make enough to cover living expenses. So my low wage earnings have nothing to do with lack of education. Did I choose the wrong career? Was I not supposed to follow my dream and aspire to do something other than the science, engineering or tech fields that require OTHER higher degrees? I thought I had a choice is deciding my future.
My lady and I have been living in a hotel (Extended Stay in Red Bank, NJ) for the past 4 years ever since the recession hit in 2008. We wound up in a hotel because I had to leave my place in Brooklyn behind and she was in a situation where her mom was losing her house. A hotel was our quickest option. As of the date this letter, Extended Stay is our permanent residence. We collectively make a decent income but cannot acquire a decent place to live because we a constantly being turned down do to either past credit issues (That have been resolved) and also due to the fact that we supposedly don’t make enough or even too much at times for the income requirements.