Yes you are reading this correctly. You can in fact be too broke to get a job. I was on Facebook and came across a screen shot from Twitter where someone said you can be too broke to work. The person they told laughed. I think people think like that is because they are fortunate enough to either
- have programs in their state that assist with employment
- friends/family to give them a ride
- a laptop/phone
and so on.
This guy made a good point.
This guys comment is spot. When I went through that program the coach kept saying ” it has to be 20 hours.” But failed to understand that I may lose my Medicaid if I got a job. If anything I would have to work less than 15 hours since Medicaid is income based. They have a threshold. And I would not make enough to pay for insurance. Like the guy said, there is a tax penalty for having no insurance.
That is one reason. If they get assistance they could be at risk of it getting reduced/cut completely if they work. If they do work like I guessed it will have to be maybe 10 hours a week so the income doesn’t pass the line to disqualify them for assistance. Also, they would not make enough money for insurance, food etc. Or if they live with someone on SSI, that person can have their benefits cut because SS requires you to let them know of any changes.
For starters, you need decent clothes for the interview. Not everyone has friends or family that can lend them clothes. It costs money to get to a job. Gas money/bus fare. You have to consider how irregular scheduling is. If they are scheduled when busses stop running or before they start running what if they have no money for a cab? No friends/family to give them a ride?
Rural areas don’t have the same access to transportation as cities.
If they can barely afford to travel to interviews/follow-ups, how can they afford to travel to a job? 5 days a week?
If the place they want to work at has a dresscode, they might not be able to afford the required clothes for the job.
When I went through that program, when Sally said I had to work for free before getting a check and came on me for being ‘negative’ when I got upset didn’t understand the circumstances I am listing.
If I had to last A MONTH without a check. How was I going to afford the required clothes for the job, how was I going to eat, how was I going to get to and from work. Most people use their first check to put away gas/bus fare, clothes they need, lunch etc. How can you do that if you have to wait another 2 weeks before getting paid?
I wanna add this if the company holds the first check and you have to work for free for a month, how are they going to afford what they need to simply get to work? Not everyone has friends/family that can help them until they get their first check.
Next, you need to be well groomed for interviews, something a homeless person may not be able to do. You need a working phone for employers to contact you, you need an address to put on the resume.
If you can’t pay your bill, phone gets disconnected. How can employers get to you with no working phone? Not everyone can use a friends phone number. For those that stay with a friend, they can just use their friend’s home phone.
People will judge. They don’t know the instances that makes the tweet above true.
They could live with someone who only has one car that they need for work.
Everyone has barriers that keep them from gaining employment. I was on that thread from the share on Facebook. Someone said they are a hiring manager and there was someone they wanted to hire, the GM made them turn the guy away because he walked. What if he lived close and walked? When I was in Jr. High I was close enough to walk. They just didn’t want us walking home alone in the dark, when daylight savings time ends, it’s dark by the time practice for sports is over.
If managers are turning people away because they don’t drive, how can they get a job to save for a car?
If they are homeless how can they stay clean for interviews?
If their area isn’t as assessable to transportation as the city, they don’t have a car. How can they afford to travel to interviews?
Some folks may be in the position to try working from home. A YouTuber I used to watch had issues like this. She wasn’t close to any shops, the shops she was near wouldn’t hire her. She lives in a rural part of the UK so transportation was an issue. Her husband needed the car to get to his job. She was lucky enough to have a husband to help her until she got her YouTube income up. Different situation but I am trying to tell you that she has someone to help her while she gets back on track. Not everyone has that. And we should not judge those who don’t have the same luxuries as someone else.