Minimum wage workers in Illinois must work 82 hours per week — more than double the hours of a standard work week — and 52 weeks a year, in order to afford to rent a safe, reasonable apartment unit, according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
Illinois renter must earn $17.02 per hour to
afford the Fair Market Rent (FMR) price of $885 for a two-bedroom
according to the report. That translates to $2,949 per month in income, or $35,392 annually, to ensure the renter spends less than 30 percent of their income on housing.
the minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. Meaning, minimum wage workers
must work a staggering amount to avoid destitution.
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