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WASHINGTON, DC-A National Low Income Housing Coalition study disclosed earlier this week has concluded that America is failing, miserably, to meet the needs of families that depend on affordable housing. The report, “Out of Reach: 2003,” calculates the national housing wage–or, the dollar amount a full-time worker must earn to pay rent on a fair market rate two-bedroom rental residence without parting with more than 30% in total income–at $15.21 per-hour. However, this year’s national housing wage in 11 states is nearly three times that of the current minimum wage and double the minimum wage in 40 states.

“It is appalling that here in America, the richest country in the world, we have millions of people working full-time, plus seniors and people with disabilities, who cannot afford decent, modest rental housing,” NLIHC president Sheila Crowley notes. “‘Out of Reach’ clearly establishes that there is a gap between what people earn and what housing costs.” Massachusetts makes the top of the list as the least affordable state for affordable housing in the country, while San Jose, CA leads the pack as the least affordable metropolitan area.

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