Richard Troxell, author of Looking Up at the Bottom Line: The Struggle for the Living Wage, will be the November 7 guest on KAZI Book Review, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM. Listen live online at kazifm.org.
Troxell says, “My book is an intense personal, political, and educational guide through the last 30 years of homelessness in America. I returned from Viet Nam confused and homeless. Wandering across America, I landed in Philadelphia. I was lucky. I met Max Weiner, a pioneer in consumer activism. After several years of pain, he changed my life.”
Troxell believes the low minimum wage is the major cause of homelessness.
“According to the US Conference of Mayors, a person working 40 hours a week, at a minimum wage of $7.25, doesn’t have enough money to afford a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States,” says Troxell.
According to Troxell, the solution is to index the federal minimum wage to the local cost of housing. “By doing so, any person who works 40 hours a week is able to afford basic rental housing (including utilities) along with food and clothing,” says Troxell.
Troxell is president of House The Homeless, Inc., a non-profit he founded in 1989 to educate and advocate on all issues of homelessness. He has been striving to end homelessness since he first saw it come into existence as a mortgage foreclosure preventionist in Philadelphia in the 1980s.He is also the Director of Legal Aid for the Homeless where he has daily interaction with the disabled homeless citizens of Austin, Texas. His work has been recognized by HUD, Texas Governor Ann Richards, the Pennsylvania Senate and the United Nations. He has also received the Five Who Care Award and the JC Penny Golden Rule Award, among countless others.