San Francisco, CA (KRON) — Retail salespeople, maintenance workers, restaurant employees — millions of Americans are struggling to get by in low-paying jobs.
Affordable housing is a big challenge.
Minimum wage earners can no longer afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country.
The report comes from the National Coalition For Low Income Housing, which says only a handful of states offer affordable housing for people making less than $15 an hour.
The problem? Even the lowest amount is higher than the local minimum wage.
For example, in Arkansas, you only need to earn a little over $13 for a typical 2-bedroom apartment.
But that’s still almost double the Arkansas minimum wage of $8.50.
In California, the gap is even greater.
You can afford a typical 2-bedroom apartment if you make just under $33 an hour.
That’s three times the state minimum wage of 411.
Anyone making that amount would have to work triple shifts of 119 hours a week for a 2-bedroom apartment.
Even for a single bedroom, you’d need to work 93 hours.