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Maintaining Housing for a Family in Poverty

Maintaining Housing for a Family in Poverty

Ever wonder why it is so hard for a family in poverty to maintain housing?

The 2010 federal poverty threshold for a family of three is $18,310 ($1,525.83 per month). The 2010 living income for a family of three in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is $45,985. Below is a list of an example monthly budget for a family of three (one adult, two children), according to the NC Justice: North Carolina Living Income Standard.

Monthly Budget:

  • Housing – $707
  • Food – $468
  • Childcare – $986
  • Health care – $685
  • Transportation – $356
  • Other necessities – $317
  • Taxes – $404
  • Refundable tax credits – ($56)

The hourly wage needed to afford this budget is $22.31.


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