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Low wages can't meet high rents across state

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Low wages can't meet high rents across state

Finding affordable housing is difficult or impossible for thousands of South Dakotans who are what experts call "rent-burdened," meaning they pay 40 percent or more of their gross wages on rent.
The number of people in South Dakota and across the country who pay too much rent or who cannot afford shelter at all has risen steadily in recent years as housing construction costs and rents have risen while wage growth has stalled.
Paying too much rent leads to constant worry, an inability to pay for basic necessities or health care, and potentially homelessness.
In Pennington County, the waiting list for subsidized housing is 1,800 people long, and it can take four years to get a federal rental voucher in Sioux Falls. But one city in South Dakota, Huron, has found success in meeting its need for affordable housing.
South Dakota News Watch reporter Bart Pfankuch takes a deeper look into this issue.