Housing for minimum wage earners

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there is no state in the country in which a minimum wage worker can afford a one-bedroom rental unit while working a 40-hour week without paying more than 30% of their income. [Click on graphics to make them large and easier to read]

from http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/OOR_2015_FULL.pdf


Here are some Minnesota specific numbers:

national low income housing coalition

This is not o.k.

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5 Replies to “Housing for minimum wage earners”

  1. Not ok? I was making minimum wage when I was 16. Are you saying I should have been able to afford a house before I could even vote?

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      no I would never suggest that a 16 year old live on his own and buy a house. The graphic points out that minimum wage workers have a hard time affording housing.

      1. When you have the skill set of a 16 year old you will have a hard time with a lot of things!

  2. Most minimum wage workers are not 16 year olds, so that is a bit of a distraction.

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