Millions of the lowest income households, including low-wage workers, need housing assistance.

Yet, only one in four households who qualify for housing assistance receive it.

About the Report

Out of Reach documents the gap between National and Rockford Renters’ Wages and the Cost of Rental Housing. Metropolitan Statistical Area, (MSA) The report’s Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs.

The Rockford Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of four counties in north-central Illinois, anchored by the city of Rockford. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 349,431 (though a current estimate placed the population at 348,360)


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