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

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

Archive