A new report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition confirms HUD's studies that show that its more important than ever for Congress to approve measures to increase the availability of subsidized housing.
The Coalitions report, titled Out of Reach 2000, concludes that in virtually every state and every metropolitan area, a large percentage of low-income Americans especially those earning only the minimum wage are unable to afford decent rental housing. The reports authors found that there is no single U.S. jurisdiction where minimum wage workers can afford the rent for a typical apartment in their communities. According to the report, in order to afford a typical rent for a two-bedroom rental unit in the U.S., a worker would have to earn $12.47 per hour, more than twice the current federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. In other words, a worker earning minimum wage would have to work 97 hours a week to afford the typical rent for a two-bedroom rental unit.
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