According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2015 Out of Reach Report, you must earn at least $21.10 an hour to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in Virginia without spending more than 30% of your income on housing. This makes us the 11th highest state in the country.
Many local counties are much higher than the state average. In Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Stafford counties, you will need to make at least $28.04 an hour to rent a two-bedroom apartment. That’s equivalent to the average in Washington DC, the second highest average across the country.
These high prices of rent affect many of the people whom we serve at Catholic Charities:
- We serve homeless families at St. Margaret of Cortona and homeless men at Christ House who cannot support themselves and pay rent in this area. Because of your volunteer and financial support of these programs, we can offer workplace development and education support so our clients can improve their employment and move to independent housing.
- Many of the people who visit our Crisis Response programs, such as The St. Lucy Project food pantries, Emergency Financial Assistance or our Baby Closet, need to utilize our resources because so much of their paycheck is dedicated to rent.
However, here are three simple ways that you can ease the burdens of the poor and those who struggle to pay housing costs and high rent in Virginia: