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WWL: Making Ends Meet
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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The recession is having an impact across Connecticut, but it's especially difficult for families who are facing financial crisis for the first time. New survey results from Bridgeport show more and more families at risk of homelessness and health care emergencies-- due to pervasive loss of jobs, housing and insurance. Its part of the larger story we've been hearing from the swelling ranks of the unemployed from across the nation. Today, Where We Live, we’ll examine how the crisis is affecting families in Connecticut. And, we’ll ask: Where can families turn when they find themselves, all of a sudden, in crisis? We'll talk with one woman who lost her job and her partner and is working to provide for her teenage grandson. We'll talk with advocates and policy experts about the challenges Connecticut families are facing—as budget talks drag on at the capitol.

And, you can join the conversation – have you found yourself in trouble because you’ve lost your job or health care?  Leave your comments below.

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The problem is even greater than it appears: not a recession, but a fundamental restructuring. The exhaustion of resources, the exploding population, institutionalized racism, the global debt situation, climate change, and other mega-issues are converging to make the system we're use to increasingly unsustainable. Coretta Scott King in the 1970's proposed that nearly all welfare programs should be replaced by a recognition of the civil right to a job, with the govt as the employer of last resort. With a job one has access to health care, sustenance, education, and the other essentials of life. Recognition of this right would provide the framework for the transition to a sustainable system. Without such a planned transition, the unplanned version means mass catastrophe.