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Housing is Out of Reach
Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rents.
In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $20.30 per hour. In six states and the District of Columbia, they need to earn more than $25 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom unit is $13.05 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and $4.88 higher than the estimated average wage of $15.42 earned by renters nationwide.
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(Click on the image above to view the video from LA Times)
“These are the children of skid row — black, white, Latino. They have pink and red Adidas sneakers or thumbs in their mouths or studs that glint like diamonds in their ears or the first hint of hair above their lips. They’re sisters and friends who profess their love for each other, who like listening to music when they study, who talk in class without raising their hands.
“They could be any kids.”