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In Helping Low-Income Workers, 'Money Alone Would Not Solve the Problem'

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Dalia Colón
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WUSF

Victor "Joseph" Doxa was a successful businessman with a six-figure salary and 7,000-square-foot home.

Then came the Great Recession.

Business dried up, and Doxa soon found himself living with his wife and four children in a studio apartment at Metropolitan Ministries. He eventually found work again, and today Doxa is a 50-year-old pastor with two employees on his ministry’s payroll. He also serves on the board of the nonprofit that once helped him.

Doxa chatted with WUSF about what can be done to help those in need. To listen, click on the audio player above.

This week on Florida Matters, we'll discuss income inequality with Joshua Hall, a University of Tampa economics professor; and Rep. Cynthia Stafford, who's sponsoring a bill that would increase Florida's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Dalia Colón is excited to return to WUSF as producer of the Zest podcast. From 2010 to 2014, Dalia covered health and features for WUSF. Before that, she was a staff reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and Cleveland Magazine.