Jobs & Income

Single mother works for minimum wage to support two daughters, pushing them to earn a better education

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Romeka Maxwell looks out the window of her house on Catherine Street.

It’s a pretty day. The sun’s out and the wind rustles through the trees.

She looks below at her elementary school-age daughters — 9-year-old Linda and 5-year-old Diamond — as they run around the grass with some other children Maxwell is babysitting.

“I’m mad mom sent them outside, and why she’s not outside?” Maxwell says loudly so her mom can hear her from the kitchen, not taking her eyes off the window.

“I am going! I am going!” her mom says from the kitchen.

“You should’ve had them wait.”

“They’ll be all right.”

“There’s not kids out here, there’s adults out here.”

“Trust me, nobody

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Ashley KangSingle mother works for minimum wage to support two daughters, pushing them to earn a better education

Pioneer Homes, first public housing complex in New York, provides living space and hope for a place of their own one day

KennethLondono

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After two years, Nicole Lopez says she’s settled

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Stephen ConnorsPioneer Homes, first public housing complex in New York, provides living space and hope for a place of their own one day

Mixed-income housing exists in Syracuse, but few know about it

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When Sarah Walton and her roommate began their

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Stephen ConnorsMixed-income housing exists in Syracuse, but few know about it

The minimum wage rises but is still hard to live on

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When Cherese Mildrew worked as a minimum-wage worker in California, she shared a two-bedroom apartment with four other people just so they could afford the rent.
At 22, when she moved back to Syracuse, it was more of the same. Here, she worked four different jobs just to make ends meet.

One day she would be restocking shelves at Price Chopper, and the next she would be working a cash register at Family Dollar. Mildrew said employers were understanding, and would allow her to work a schedule where she didn’t have to go immediately from one job to the next.

“Some employers are OK because they know it’s hard and if they can’t give you all the hours you need, they will give you the hours you need to make

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Joey CoscoThe minimum wage rises but is still hard to live on

Nonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation

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“Do you have a car?”

It was the first question he was asked almost every job interview.

And James Manyang was losing out on jobs because he didn’t. Eventually, he moved to Syracuse from Albany when a family friend promised him a job here.

Manyang, a refugee from South Sudan arrived in the United States in 2012. He’s taking care of his wife, two infant children, a 6-year-old son who is about to start elementary school and his cousin.

Once here, he worked from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. as a medical transport at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, moving patients around the building in stretchers and wheelchairs. But even though he had the job, at last, he still didn’t have the car.

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Chantel MorelNonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation

Syracuse’s history of housing segregation, economic inequality leaves poor communities stuck

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Syracuse: Ninth most segregated city in America.

Why

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Will NorrisSyracuse’s history of housing segregation, economic inequality leaves poor communities stuck

Mixed Income Housing: Q & A

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Inclusionary zoning is a concept that has worked in large cities, such as San Francisco and New York

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Justin-Rayne BryantMixed Income Housing: Q & A

Q&A: CNY housing group directors analyze source of income protection, discrimination

KennethLondono

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If you are a family that depends on public assistance or Section 8 it can be extremely difficult

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Phil D'AbbraccioQ&A: CNY housing group directors analyze source of income protection, discrimination