@Derbel McDillet Lucky for us we got some of those right here on our own happy Billford!
@jalmondale You think the candy money and tattoo money would really change their lives if they weren't spending it? Poor people are allowed to buy things that will give them some enjoyment even if they aren't "responsible." And the woman who had lots of kids, some were from her previous marriage and some were from her husband's previous marriage - not that it's every anyone's place to judge someone else's family planning or number of kids. Of course people having other resources is important and would probably help. But so would having more money.
How does this relate to people who have short term contracted jobs? (Asks the recent grad who has been in multiple year-long contract stints consecutively..)
@CaddyFdot Ah! Thanks for clarifying. That makes it much less of a nightmare living scenario.
@garli Yeah, small is fine! Shared necessities, to me, are less fine.
One communal kitchen for 55 people? Yikes. Maybe it makes me a horrible person, but I would NEVER want to live in something like this. It just seems inconvenient to have to leave your apartment to go the bathroom or get a snack from the fridge (is that even possible in a communal kitchen?). People want affordable housing, not dorm rooms.
@angry little raincloud I have a Patagonia rain jacket which is the shit. It has armpit zippers for (I assume) hot rainy days so you can get ventilation. They'll also repair clothes for free, indefinitely/forever, if you get a hole, a zipper breaks, etc.
@Lily What did you think of sending your stuff to Twice? I have some things (it's so true about LOFT dresses, one of mine that I really liked shrunk UNEVENLY so the hem is very lopsided) that I've been toying with sending, but I dunno if it's worth it and I should just donate them.
A lot of jurisdictions will also give tax credits or other assistance if you're buying solar panels for your home. And there are organizations that help facilitate bulk community solar purchases so that a group of people from a neighborhood or school or whatever can get a better price. Something to look into in your state/county/territory/etc!
@lisaf The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls scarred me. It started out with so much potential! And then... guhh. The family storyline didn't even bother me, it was the school ~thing~ that made me totally grossed out with the book.