Monday, December 20, 2004

justice in housing?

jordan cooper recently quoted the following from an ap story. here's the quote:

    in only four of the nation's 3,066 counties can someone working full-time and earning federal minimum wage afford to pay rent and utilities on a one-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.

    a two-bedroom rental is even more of a burden - the typical worker must earn at least $15.37 an hour to pay rent and utilities, the national low Income housing coalition said in its annual "out of reach" report. that's nearly three times the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour.

you can read the rest of the article here.

this is absolutely amazing to me. it kind of destroys the concept of a "livable wage". how can a wage be considered livable when you can't even afford a one bedroom apartment on that wage? i'm not trying to support the concept of "entitlement", or trying to argue that the government should "ordain" that everyone get a certain amount of income. it just seems that a worker should be able to at least afford housing (without any luxuries) on the minimum wage.


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