Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Study Points Up Need For Housing Benefits.(Editorial Page)


A national study that gauges "fair market rents" in virtually every county in the United States makes a good case for increasing the value of rental assistance vouchers and constructing more low-income housing.

What it does not do, however, is make a clear case for increasing the minimum wage so everyone can pay those fair market rents.

The report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an advocacy group that favors raising the $5.15 an hour federal minimum wage, says employees earning that minimum over a 40-hour week cannot afford what the federal government considers a "modest" two-bedroom apartment in any county in the country.

The figures used in arriving at this conclusion are straightforward. …

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