- Created: Thursday, 29 June 2017 06:29
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
There isn't a single county in the state of Minnesota where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a modest one-bedroom apartment. In the Twin Cities, it takes 70 hours per week at minimum wage to afford rent for a single-bedroom home.
When families pay too much for rent, they’re forced to sacrifice to make ends meet — cutting back at the grocery store or delaying a trip to the doctor.
Yet Out of Reach Minnesota 2017 reveals that households in every corner of the state are spending thousands of dollars more than they can afford each year just to pay the rent for a modest apartment.
"This year’s Out of Reach report illustrates the continuing challenge in covering housing costs facing retirees and people with lower paying jobs," said Chip Halbach, MHP's Executive Director. "For years now, increases in the cost of housing have outpaced renter income in Minnesota, meaning that even more seniors and families are forced to make difficult decisions between paying rent or purchasing food and medicine."