FROM: RAMAPO – WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
Living Below The Poverty Line, But Hiring Housekeepers?
The article linked below offers the point of view of some immigrant day laborers working in a predominantly Hasidic area of Brooklyn. According to the article, many of the female laborers are hired to do housekeeping work by Hasidic families.
The first question that comes to mind is: How is it possible that the community that is the top recipient of Section 8 vouchers affords the luxury of housekeepers?
There is little demographic comparison between the Hasidic communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County, and a common denominator uniting them is the self-created system of educational neglect which ill prepares young people for meaningful employment and forces them to live off of government-provided, taxpayer-funded services.
In Kaser, where about 50% of properties are tax-exempt, Section 8 residences make up between 15 – 26% of the total housing stock and over 70% of the population falls below the poverty line. In New Square, Section 8 residences comprise over 50% of the total housing stock and at least 58% of the population falls below the poverty line.
The Hasidic enclaves of Rockland and Orange Counties are certainly in the same ‘poor-on-paper’ category as their brethren in Brooklyn. Indeed, although Kiryas Joel in Orange County is the ‘poorest-on-paper’ village in the State of New York, it is still somehow able to build brand new housing for its residents and somehow find the money to annex huge acreages of land.
We hope, however, that the ‘poor-on-paper’ Rockland and Orange County Hasidic communities are not using any disposable income to employ day laborers to clean their homes in a similar manner to that of their co-religionists in Brooklyn?
For the Haaretz Article:
A ‘modern slave market’: Day laborers tell of exploitation by Hasidim in Brooklyn
Every morning, dozens of hardscrabble women from Latin America and Eastern Europe congregate at a corner in Williamsburg, desperately seeking work as cleaners in the homes of Satmar Hasids. An expose of their plight.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/.premium-1.755152