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Report: Most Can't Afford Washoe County Rent Rates

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A national group pushing for more low-income housing says more than half the people who rent housing in Washoe County cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition based its recent report on the assumption that renters can afford to spend 30% of their income on housing.

In Washoe County, the fair market rent for two bedrooms was put at $953 while the typical renter could only afford about $680 under federal guidelines.

Coalition research director Megan Bolton says it's especially difficult for low-wage workers to find apartments.

Reno Housing Authority Executive Director David Morton told the Reno-Gazette Journal (http://tinyurl.com/coywt49 ) that while Housing and Urban Development guidelines suggest a family spend 30% of its income on housing, many can actually afford to spend more.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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