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Facts & figures

Number of states in which a minimum-wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent (paying no more than 30 percent of income for housing).
$8.72  Hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent in West Virginia.
$21.14  Hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent in Massachusetts.
14.4 million  Number of Americans who paid more than half their income for housing and/or lived in physically substandard housing in 2001.
2 million  Number of rural homes that are moderately or severely inadequate, with structural problems, leaky roofs, faulty wiring and no indoor plumbing.
8%  of whites live in poverty.
25%  of American Indians and Alaska natives live in poverty.
23%  of African Americans live in poverty.
21%  of Latinos live in poverty.
10%  of Asians and Pacific Islanders live in poverty.

SOURCES: NATIONAL HOUSING CONFERENCE; NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION; HOUSING ASSISTANCE COUNCIL; POVERTY USA; U.S. CENSUS BUREAU.


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