WPR News, July 16, 2019: Wisconsin’s minimum wage workers locked out of affordable housing
Wisconsin is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, so much so that someone earning the minimum wage can’t afford a basic two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the state.
Wisconsin’s minimum wage is $7.25, whereas the housing wage — the cost for comfortably affording a home — is $16.77 an hour, on average, for a two-bedroom apartment. That number increases to $17.65 in Milwaukee County and $21.02 in Dane County.
As part of an effort to renew discussions about affordable housing, the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development will participate in A Home for Everyone 2019, a two-day conference in Eau Claire that will look at the host of issues housing instability can lead to.