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Report: Workers need to make $27 an hour to afford median rent in Sacramento County

The skyrocketing rent prices are making it more and more difficult for people making low and middle incomes to afford housing.

In Sacramento County, a renter needs to earn nearly $27 an hour to afford the area's median rent of $1,400 per month, according to the California Housing Partnership.

The skyrocketing rent prices are making it more and more difficult for people making low and middle incomes to afford housing.

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that the average Californian would need to make $32.68 per hour to afford the rent for a two bedroom apartment.

Marie Camacho, 32, pays $630 for a several hundred square foot, one bedroom apartment in Oak Park. But the single mother to a 4-year-old likely won’t last long because her building owner is updating the building’s units and renting the apartments for more than $1,000.

Camacho works part-time at local grocery stores offering food samples to customers. She makes about $18 an hour, but after utilities, rent, and food, she has only about $200 left at the end of the month.

Darryl Rutherford with the Sacramento Housing Alliance says California needs to build a lot more housing which has in part been slowed by a need for skilled workers.

As as big cities like Sacramento grow, Rutherford says leaders need to invest in permanent affordable housing to help ease the burden.