Most Roadside Solicitors Seek Return to Regular Employment, University of Texas at Austin Report to Austin City Council Shows
With few reporting income above minimum wage, Austin individuals engaging in roadside solicitation are using it as a survival strategy, but most desire to return to more regular employment, according to preliminary results of a University of Texas at Austin study.
Unnatural Disaster: Tommy and Mia, an African-American couple in their late 40s, had lived in New Orleans all their lives, working three jobs between the two of them. Life was a struggle, but they made ends meet--barely. That was before Hurricane Katrina.
Most Texas families who leave welfare remain in or near poverty and many are likely to return to the welfare rolls in the future, say University of Texas at Austin researchers.