Average worker can't afford 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in United States, report says

Study: Honolulu Workers Need $39 An Hour To Afford A 2-Bedroom Rental

Maui Renters Need to Work 123 Hours a Week to Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment

The map below shows the hourly wage needed to afford a fair-market rent, one-bedroom apartment by state, assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks a year, as calculated by the NLIHC. That's over $10 more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

In a preface to the report, Senator Bernie Sanders writes that "wages have been stagnant for decades, while the cost of housing keeps going up".

The Aloha State also had the biggest shortfall between that target wage and the wage paid to the average renter. Almost 11 million extremely low-income families pay more than half their incomes on rent. It's $60 an hour. The minimum wage in Arkansas is $8.50 an hour. Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said in a press release that low wage workers often have to choose between paying for rent, health care, childcare, and other basic necessities.

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Of the 10 most expensive metropolitan counties, eight are in California, one is in NY and one is in Hawaii.

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. For someone in need of a two-bedroom, like a single parent with a child, that jumps up to 93 hours per week.

City officials have been considering the so-called Smart Housing Mix - a policy that would require developers to reserve some apartments in large complexes for low-income residents - for almost two years but have not finalized those plans.

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The most expensive county in the state is Honolulu, where the "housing wage" is $39.06 per hour.

Watch the full report above for ways you can help. That means the average Utah renter pays 41% of the gross income on housing. The number of homes renting for $2,000 or more per month almost doubled between 2005 and 2015. While the rental market added more than 6.7 million housing units during this period, the number of units renting for less than $800 declined by more than 260,000. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently proposed tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements on those receiving rent subsidies.

"We need innovative solutions, like the Smart Housing Mix policy, so that we're all pitching in to ensure everyone in New Orleans can stay and thrive", said Cashuana Hill, the Fair Housing Action Center's executive director. But this process, known as filtering, does not produce enough affordable rental homes to serve extremely low income renters. Out of Reach 2018 includes data on housing costs and incomes in all 5 counties in the state. Predictably, the statewide figures are lower if you only look at non-metro areas.

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