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Friday, June 26, 2009

Immigrant Day Laborers Who Can't Make Rent Find Shelter Through the Dolores Housing Program

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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When the economy's bad, and construction projects stall, that's bad news for immigrant day laborers who rely on those jobs to make rent. Those who can no longer afford housing are reportedly showing up at homeless shelters in the Mission District, including Iglesia de Santa Maria y Santa Marta, to spend the night.

"The homeless in the community we're serving are not what people normally assume," Marlon Mendieta, program director for the Dolores Housing Program, told New America Media, a San Francisco-based collaboration of ethnic news organizations. "A large proportion are day laborers, or are working in regular jobs in a store or a café, and just don't make enough to pay rent."

The New America Media story, which was published at the beginning of this month but then recirculated by Iconoculture (a consumer research and advisory company) early this week, also mentioned that day laborers are increasingly frequenting soup kitchens.

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