The Need for Affordable Housing in Monroe County

➤ Poverty In Monroe County

At a staggering 24.7%, the poverty rate in Monroe County is significantly greater than the national average, at 11.8%.

➤ The Living Wage In Monroe County

The hourly living wage to support one adult in Monroe County is $11.85, but Indiana’s minimum wage is only $7.25.

➤ Rental Rates In Monroe County

The monthly fair market rent for a 1-Bedroom apartment in Monroe County is $736, but the average worker makes only $537, and a minimum wage worker makes only $377.

August Advocacy — NAHRO

NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the United States. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families and vibrant communities that enhance the quality of life for all; they administer more than 3 million homes for more than 7.9 million people.

NAHRO started August Advocacy in 2019 and ensures to advocate for a critical issue every August, tackling a related topic every week. The important topics that they are focusing on this year are as follows:

  • August 3: COVID-19 Response Resources
  • August 10: Universal Voucher Program
  • August 17: Increase housing supply
  • August 24: Opening Opportunities for Families
  • August 31: FY 2021 Transportation – HUD Funding