The PPL Building (seen here in the distance) is the tallest building in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Syreeta Redcross of Allentown takes care of her five children on her wages at a local logistics company.
The pay is relatively low, so the 28-year-old often has to scrape to afford the basics — like diapers for her kids. She relies on subsidized day care to be able to hold down a job at all.
Redcross stopped by the PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley job fair on Wednesday looking for a better-paying job.
“It’s very challenging,” she said. “It’s a struggle out there.”
Redcross’ struggles are far from unique, according to findings released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the nearly two years that Garden Spot Village marketed high-end units planned for the former Lancaster Press building, they saw lots of interest.
But no takers.
More than 450 people looked at the model unit that opened in February in the building at North Prince and West Lemon streets or stopped at the previous marketing office down the street.
They liked the building. They liked the downtown location. But they were looking for a condominium to buy or an apartment to rent.
When faced with questions about where they wanted to retire, “it caused them to pause in the process,” said Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer of the New Holland-based retirement community.
Those who were standing in line at a food pantry in Reading on Wednesday did not know the city had spent a year ranked as the most impoverished city in the nation.
They didn’t know that ranking would be changed by statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
They just knew they needed food.
“Most of them really need it,” said Dorothy Fletcher, 79, of Stony Creek Mills, who is a volunteer and a client at the monthly food pantry at Family First Resource Center, 416 S. Seventh St.
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