Rant on, as they say on the message boards:
One of the most frequent criticisms I hear working in the field of maternal-child health, is this one: "why don't those moms just get a job"?
Well, they already have jobs, for the most part. Click on the above title to see some statistics. If you don't believe statistics, believe my anecdotal evidence. If you don't believe either, put your head back in the sand.
Or maybe you'd prefer to do some investigating on your own, if you want to know the truth. Do you work for a large company? Ask your human resource person what the lowest wage job is at your workplace. Multiply that by 2080 (the number of hours worked in 52 weeks at 40 hours per week). Then look in your city's classified ads and see what two bedroom apartments go for. And do your own math.
And while you're at it, see if you can figure out if there is a bus route from that apartment complex to your job site, because if you have to pay substantially more than 30% of your take home pay for rent, a car is probably not part of your lifestyle.
If there are low-paying jobs in our society (and there are) and we expect to find people to do those jobs (and we do), and we don't want to raise wages (and we don't, apparently), then the answer must lie in making it affordable to live in our communities.
Or simply acknowledge that we don't care where poor people live and raise children, as long as they fill our menial positions.