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Rental Housing for America’s Poor Families: Farther Out of Reach Than Ever
Low wages and a lack of affordable housing lead many families into homelessness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.24 million Americans earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2001. More than 60% of minimum wage workers are head of family households or their spouses.
Those making minimum wage are not the only ones unable to afford housing. According to The Washington Post (“Down Payment on Affordable Housing”, Outlook, Sept. 15, 2002) vacancy rates are low and rent increases have hit record highs. This reality not only impacts those eligible for federal housing assistance but also local teachers, firefighters and police officers. Thus, the housing crisis not only affects low-income families, but also those on whom we depend for education and safety.
On September 18, 2002, Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Christopher Shays (R-CT) released Out of Reach 2002 at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol. Out of Reach, an annual report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, presents the gap between housing costs and income in every jurisdiction across the United States.
Out of Reach 2002, provides statistics for every U.S. state, metropolitan statistical area, and county regarding:
According to Out of Reach 2002:
Location-------Hourly Wage-----Annual Salary
Los Angeles, CA-$16.63---------34,590
The entire Out of Reach 2002 report can be read and downloaded at www.nlihc.org.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. NLIHC educates, organizes, and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing within safe and healthy neighborhoods for all children and their families. NLIHC educates the public on housing issues, provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and provides strategies for solutions to the housing crisis.
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