National Low Income Housing Coalition

December 6, 2018

Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent

A worker in Louisiana earning the minimum wage would have to work 76 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Louisiana does not have a state minimum wage and relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009 and has lost 12.9 percent of its purchasing power since that time. The report also paints a grim picture for affordable housing across the nation.

Number of the Day

$717 - Monthly “fair market” rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Louisiana. A worker would need to make $14.07 per hour to make that affordable - which would require 76 hours per week of work at the $7.25 federal minimum wage (Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
September 29, 2017

40 years of SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food assistance to more than 410,000 Louisiana households, turns 40 years old today.

Number of the Day

70,000- Number of people convicted of a felony in Louisiana whose right to vote would be restored if a 1976 constitutional law is found unconstitutional. (Source: The Associated Press via NOLA.com)
August 10, 2016

Aug. 10: A bipartisan budget summit

Much of the revenue raised by Louisiana legislators in the 2016 special sessions is temporary, with $1.3 billion slated to go away in 2018. In addition, those struggling the most to make ends meet bear the greatest tax burden. Later this month, a group of Louisiana lawmakers will meet to discuss solutions to the state’s chronic budget problems.… Read more...