The 2016 Out of Reach report shows NH families are struggling to plug a gap between what they earn and what it costs to keep a roof overhead.
The statewide “housing wage,” the income a household needs to to be able to afford rent and still have enough left for necessities like food, transportation and childcare, is now $21.09. With a Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment running $1,097, even families making the median renter income of $14.08/hour are paying more than they can afford on rent and utilities. For families working at minimum wage, affording rent means 116 hours must be spent working each week.
Advocacy for inclusion of recovery housing in the state’s response to the substance use disorder crisis remains a priority of Housing Action NH’s work at the state level. At the federal level, members of NH’s congressional delegation have been leading the way on necessary reforms to rural housing programs to protect affordable units and tenants.
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