Housing Increasingly ‘Out Of Reach’

By: Margaret J. Krauss, WESA

Published: June 12, 2017

Nowhere in the country can someone work 40 hours a week at a minimum-wage job and afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

On average, a Pennsylvanian earning minimum wage would have to work 83 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom rental.

There are a lot of misconceptions about low-income earners. Primarily, that they’re not working hard enough, said Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

“When really, there really is no good choice, because the units aren’t available to them at a level that they can afford.”

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