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Reports details shortfalls in affordable housing

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Finding affordable housing on minimum wage anywhere in the country is nearly impossible. 

A recent study on affordable rents in America shows that in Montana you need to work almost double time or see your wage increase 80% to make it work. 

In order to make ends meet in Montana on minimum wage, the National Low Income Housing Coalition found the minimum wage would need to be $14.90 per hour to afford a two bedroom apartment. 

The study shows that we’re one of the most affordable -- ninth in the country. You would need to work 73 hours a week at minimum wage today to afford the rental. The report also shows what an hourly worker needs without paying more than 30% of their income. 

Hawaii is the most expensive state coming in at $35 an hour needed to rent that one bedroom apartment.

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