Multifamily Podcast

Out of Reach Report with Andrew Aurand

Steve Guggenmos and Corey Aber

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Nationally, the wage required to afford a two-bedroom apartment is $22.96 – much higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. For low-wage workers, this means that housing is either out of reach, or takes a disproportionate amount of their income. In this episode, Corey and Steve sit down with Andrew Aurand, vice president for Research at the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and lead author of their annual Out of Reach report. Together, they discuss key findings of the report, take an in-depth look at wages and how that translates to the number of hours of work required to afford housing in each state, and reflect on how affordable housing markets have changed over the past 30 years.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 - 7:00 – Background and wage versus rental statistics
  • Chapter 2: 7:00 - 16:00 – Trends, community factors and landlord incentives
  • Chapter 3: 16:00 - 22:00 – Natural disasters and housing supply
  • Chapter 4: 22:00 - 24:00 – Hourly wages and racial disparities
  • Chapter 5: 24:00 - 29:16 – The past 30 years and looking ahead

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