Affording a Two-Bedroom in Arizona

'Unrealistic' to Afford Two-Bedroom Home on Minimum Wage

PHOENIX -
WHAT THE?
Low-income workers can’t afford two bedroom homes.

THE DOWNLOAD
The National Low Income Housing Coalition says it's unrealistic for a full-time worker making minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom home in the United States. To afford the home, workers would have to spend more than the recommended 30 percent of their income on rent. In all but four states, the hourly wage needed to cover rent expenses is more than double the federal minimum wage. This includes Arizona, where the hourly wage needed to rent a two bedroom home would be $17.56. Arkansas stands at the lowest hourly wage needed, at $13.72, and Hawaii is the highest at $35.20 more than triple Hawaii's minimum wage ($9.25). Even those in households with dual income at minimum wage are unable to cover these high rental costs. At the current federal minimum wage, the average worker would have to work 17 hours a day, every day of the year, to cover rent costs.


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