Out of Reach
A productive workforce requires safe, stable housing. Yet, too many Minnesotans laboring in the most in-demand jobs must pay too much for housing, forcing them to forgo groceries, medicine and other critical daily needs to make ends meet.
Released in July, the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach 2021 report highlights state and county trends to reveal that households in every corner of Minnesota are spending thousands of dollars more than they can afford each year just to pay the rent for a modest apartment. Now more than ever, as evidenced by the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, housing security is central to overall health and well-being.
The annual National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report tracks the growing gap between wages and rent, not just in urban areas, like the Twin Cities, but across Greater Minnesota.