- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A new report says the gap between actual wages and the income needed to rent a modest apartment in Vermont is among the highest in the nation.

The report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition says the state has the fifth-highest gap in the country.

The report compared the average wage among renters to the amount needed to pay for a modest two-bedroom apartment. It says the average renter in Vermont earns $12.85 an hour, but would need to make $22.40 an hour to afford such an apartment.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy tells The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus that the report “puts data behind the stories of Vermonters” who say they are struggling to find rental homes.

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