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I have a daughter who works just under 40 hours a week so she gets no benefits; she also cannot afford an apartment so she and my granddaughter live with me. One of my sons went to school to become a mechanic and got a full time job with an established company, but he could not afford housing without my help. He and his fiancé even qualified for food stamps until she got a third job. My two other sons share a two bedroom apartment with a third person and still can't always pay the rent. One of them had as many as 3 jobs, and they still qualify for food stamps. He is trying to go back to college, but if he takes too many credit hours he looses his "reduced" rent for low income. I love my kids, but I hadn't planned on supporting all 4 of them after they were grown and working. I have a good job as a nurse but I'm far from wealthy; my husband also has a good technician job but 3 kids of his own, one with over $40,000 in student loans and one starting college next year. (Only the high school student is not working year round.). What ever happened to the plan of schooling and hard work actually getting you somewhere?
—CarrieMI
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