Minimum wage doesn't cover the rent anywhere in the U.S.

Minimum wage doesn't cover the rent anywhere in the U.S.

There is no state, metropolitan area or county in the US where workers earning minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom rental home by working 40 hours a week, according to the study. That's $14.85 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and $5.22 higher than the estimated average hourly wage of $16.88 earned by renters nationwide.

Calculated another way, those housing costs mean a worker making Washington's current minimum wage would need to work 75 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment. That's more than three times the state minimum wage. All of those counties are located in five states where the minimum wage is higher than the federal.

In Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, you'll need to make at least $60 an hour - as much as $90 in some zip codes.

Local reports have also pointed to the acute shortage of housing for very low-income renters in Charlotte. "Too often, a low-wage worker must choose between paying for rent, health care, child care and other basic necessities".

Carson said the proposal would help address rising costs of providing housing assistance, which he said now helps only one in four families who qualify. In the Seattle-Bellevue metro area and King County, the numbers are higher: $26 an hour for a studio, $29 for a one-bedroom, $36 for a two-bedroom, and $52 for a three-bedroom.

San Francisco tops the list for the cities with the most expensive housing wage.




Hoover over each state to see how much you would need to earn to afford a modest apartment.

"The good news about the housing crisis is that we have the data, the solutions and the resources needed to solve it", says Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The states the report found to have the greatest disparities between wages and renting costs include the usual suspects, like Hawaii (-$19.98), Maryland (-$11.53), California (-$11.18) and New Jersey (-$9.96).

Champlain Housing Trust will build 76 new apartments this summer in Burlington and 60 additional units in South Burlington later in the year thanks to a $37 million bond to VHCB, Donelly said.

"In America today, almost 11 million families pay more than half of their limited incomes toward rent and utilities", Sanders writes.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of homes renting for $2,000 or more per month increased by 97 percent from 2005 to 2015. As it stands, only 1 in 4 households eligible for federal rent assistance gets any help, the report said. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has proposed raising rent for those getting housing subsidies. Bernie Sanders of Vermont wrote in the report's preface.

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