Need for affordable housing on the rise, group says

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Habitat for Humanity of York County is seeing a disturbing trend: a lack of affordable housing for the working poor.

According to the fair market rent system, affordable housing means spending no more than 30 percent of a total gross income on shelter. But the average low income earner in Pennsylvania is paying nearly double that amount – a whopping 40 to 60 percent.

To put it simply, minimum wage is not keeping up with the riding cost of living.

Habitat for Humanity makes it possible to the working poor to own the homes of their dreams, but if costs continue to rise, less people will have a place to call home.

“If changes aren’t made to make housing more affordable, we’re going to continue to see a rise in our homeless rates,” executive director Tammi Morris said.

For information on how you can help Habitat for Humanity of York County and a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.yorkcountyhabitat.org/habitat.

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