Less than 1% of King County's apartments are affordable to families with incomes lower than 30% of median income ($23,350 for a family of 4). Even if both parents work full time, two minimum-wage jobs can't cover housing as well as food, transportation, etc. It takes an income of $17-$21/hour to pay for a 2-bedroom apartment at our County's average rental rate of $985/month.
Poverty Due to Low Wages or Unemployment
People who can't afford all the necessities - housing, utilities, transportation, children's needs, health care, food - must make triage decisions. Homelessness is one possible result.