Just saw this amazing map of the U.S. showing that in no state can a minimum wage worker afford a 2-bedroom unit at fair market rent (the amount a property would command if it were available) working a standard 40-hour work week — without paying more than 30% of income. I found it on Shane Phillips "Better Institutions" blog (www.betterinstitutions.com — see previous blog post as well). This map is from the National Low Income Housing Coalition's "Out of Reach 2013" report. Phillips notes that many minimum wage workers don't need a 2-bedroom unit, or are sharing it with a partner or roommate. Still, the point is that if you are poor in America and have a family, housing costs probably leave you with little money for food, transportation and health care. See a bigger version of the map on the NLIHC website here.
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