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Annual Report Says Minimum Wage Workers Can't Afford Fair Market Rents Anywhere

Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 1:45AM

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report, “Out of Reach,” released last week, in no single jurisdiction in the United States can minimum wage workers afford the fair market rent for homes in their communities. The report found that to afford the median fair market rent for a two-bedroom rental unit, a worker would have to earn $13.87 per hour, which is equivalent to 269 percent of the federal minimum wage, or work 108 hours a week earning $5.15, the federal minimum wage.

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