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When the Math doesn't Math
Counting on fingers and toes, while paying an arm and a leg
Let’s face it, y’all: the math isn’t mathing. Yes, I’m aware that the grammar isn’t grammaring there, but the writer in me and the discontent within me are at war over my soul.
We are in a maelstrom of inflation, greedflation, a volatile housing market, the throws of a pandemic bucking itself back into the spotlight and governments that don’t seem to care how many working people slip between the cracks and fall into an endless abyss of debt imprisonment and homelessness.
The Report Is In
I’m deep-diving my way through a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and… it ain’t great, y’all. They released a report recently titled “Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing”, and if that title doesn’t give you pause: buckle up, buttercup.
In the report, the NLIHC asks “How Much Do You Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State?” And that question makes me queasy already. If you want to take a look at it yourself, you can visit their website and look at the nifty interactive map that threw me: https://nlihc.org/oor.
I am from Texas, Y’all.I’m looking at the data here, and here are few major points - via Anja Taylor of the Texas Homeless Network - to highlight just how crazy housing affordability has gotten:
There is not a single county in Texas where minimum-wage workers can afford a modest two-bedroom rental.
A full-time worker in Texas earning minimum wage needs to work nearly 3.5 full-time jobs or approximately 138 hours per week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent.
10 of the 20 most common occupations have median wages lower than what full-time workers need to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment
When you need to have 3-and-a-half minimum wage jobs just to afford a place to live, that math doesn’t math.
Download the Report
See the report for yourself, y’all.
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