Report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition Shows Staggering Numbers for Snohomish County Renters

Bonnie Johnson - Friday, September 20, 2019
Report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition Shows Staggering Numbers for Snohomish County Renters

The “Out of Reach” report generated annually by the National Low Income Housing Coalition details that a minimum wage worker in Snohomish County would need to work 122 hours per week and earn $75,960 annually in order to reasonably afford a two bedroom apartment. That is based on the average cost of a two bedroom apartment ($1,899 monthly) combined with the current minimum wage of $12 per hour.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the report. It exists in order to detail the significant wage gap between the actual cost to rent as compared to renters’ wages. The coalition was formed in 1974 and is “dedicated solely to achieving just public policy that ensure people with the lowest income in the United States have affordable and decent homes.” The report looks at rental costs by metropolitan areas and also by county.

“The 2019 Out of Reach report shows that in 99% of counties in the U.S. a full-time minimum-wage worker cannot afford a one-bedroom rental home at fair market rent,” shares Diane Yentel, NLIHC president and CEO in a press release from the summer of 2019. “Our rental housing needs have worsened considerably over the past 30 years, leaving housing out of reach for millions of low-wage workers. But members of Congress are starting to take note: a number have introduced big, bold bills to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The topic of affordable housing is also becoming increasingly prevalent on the 2020 presidential campaign trails. We now have a tremendous opportunity to implement federal housing policy solutions to fund affordable housing programs at the scale necessary. We must use tools like Out of Reach to build the political will.”

How does Snohomish County compare to the rest of the state?

Statewide, the average cost to rent requires an hourly wage of $27.78 to afford a two bedroom dwelling at fair market rates. In Snohomish county, that wage minimum jumps to $36.62. That is more than double the state minimum wage and ten dollars an hour more than the minimum to rent on average statewide.

 

 

 

 

Study how your county stacks up against averages here: https://reports.nlihc.org/oor/washington

https://nlihc.org/news/new-report-concludes-nearly-every-us-county-lacks-adequate-supply-affordable-and-available


Tags

Coastal Community Bank IPO biking Rotary of Port Gardner Snohomish County News Casino Road Initiative Edmonds Navy Health Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Washington State University Maury Eskenazi Lowell Everett Library ChildStrive Everett Historic Theatre Everett Popcorn in the Park Everett Police Department Startup Grand Opening DUI Show fire Team USA Monte Cristo Elders Skagit County News Ferndale Everett Community College Gym Mayor Cassie Franklin History Lineup Ana Perdomo WSDOT Jacob Hilkin Pioneer Place Harry Potter Rotary of Port Pardner Girls on the Run Snohomish Marysville Fire Department Archery Funko Granite Falls USS Ralph Johnson Nascar Boeing Interview Boating Cascade Bicycle Club USO Lynnwood Bethany Tankfest Beer and wine Paws With Cause Leonard J. Martin Legion Park polygraph soccer Highway 2 Trestle Kla Ha Ya Days Stanwood Flying Heritage Weather Kayla Lemmon Paine Field Ellensburg rodeo racing DC JJ Harrison Lake Stevens rodeo Arts Boating Season Everett PD Recruitment auction Nathan Senff Snohomish County PUD La Conner Monroe Everett Metro Plan Glacier Peak Paine Field Aviation Day Everett Jets FC Gabe Maggio Cassie Franklin Marysville Getchell Broadway Darrington Everett Fire Department Arlington Olympics skagit community Rotary of Arlington Bayside Bikes KRKO Everett Naval Base Marvel Everett Transit wildlife Habitat for Humanity Rucker band Legion Bluff Mount Vernon WW2 Everett High School Smoke alarms Students USS Sampson Marysville Pilchuck country music Lakewood Legion Jim Creek Snohomish Memorial Day Marysville Sky Valley Silver Lake, Washington Dagmar's Marina Tim Hunter Everett News Carl Gibson Senior Center Batman ronald mcdonald house Jet City

Archive