Did you know that in 1986 the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program grant for a family of 4 was $621/month and that Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment was $480? Today the same family qualifies for the same $621/month and the same apartment rents for more than $928.
A single parent with two children who makes $21,200 annually can afford to pay $530/month in rent without experiencing a housing–cost burden. There were two 2-bedroom vacancies in Hennepin County with a rent at or below $530 advertised between the months of April and June 2008.
Read the Star Tribune editorial: Counterpoint: Homeless kids at the Drake a symptom, not the disease