The report goes in depth, looking at how much a minimum wage worker must work to afford housing in each state. In 2016, 48 percent of Cleveland renters were cost burdened.
In contrast, the state minimum wage is now $11.50 per hour.
The annual Out of Reach report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition analyzed every county in the US and found that there isn't anywhere that someone working a minimum wage job, 40 hours a week, can afford a two-bedroom.
According to the report, a one-bedroom is affordable for minimum-wage workers in only 22 counties in five states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
Out of the top 10 jobs with the highest projected growth-including medical assistants and home health aides-the median wages for seven of the jobs fall below the threshold needed to afford a one or two-bedroom.
The Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice outlined details of the Out of Reach 2018 report, compiled by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Each year, the group's "Out of Reach" report calculates the gap between the costs of rent and how much renters make. The average renter in OH earns $13.32 an hour, almost $2 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest two-bedroom rental unit. The report uses the minimum wage, mean renter wage, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of fair market rent.
The Trump administration has proposed spending cuts for fiscal year 2019 that could lead to more than 200,000 families losing federal rental assistance, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has calculated.
Local reports have also pointed to the acute shortage of housing for very low-income renters in Charlotte.
The most expensive county in the state is Honolulu, where the "housing wage" is $39.06 per hour.
The report says, "The struggle to afford modest rental homes is not limited to minimum-wage workers".
In Contra Costa County, where the hourly pay needed for a 2-bedroom apartment ranges from $38 in Richmond, Martinez, and Antioch, all the way up to $67 in Danville. For someone in need of a two-bedroom, like a single parent with a child, that jumps up to 93 hours per week. In Kauai County, it's $29.06 and in Maui County, it's $31.13. "In America today, almost 11 million families pay more than half of their limited incomes toward rent and utilities".
According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies (2017), the number of homes renting for $2,000 or more per month increased by 97% between 2005 and 2015 with the new development of high-end apartments and rising rents of existing apartments. What's less clear is how, and when, affordable housing will be the new normal. That's considered the "housing wage", at which renters can afford to live somewhat comfortably.
City officials have been considering the so-called Smart Housing Mix - a policy that would require developers to reserve some apartments in large complexes for low-income residents - for almost two years but have not finalized those plans.