The Effects of Homelessness on Society
Stark County Wages vs. Rents
Stark County needs more affordable housing like the homes the Alliance for Children and Families provides. It addresses the wage gap in Stark County; this gap is the difference between minimum wage and the hourly wage needed to afford basic living expenses. According to the “Out of Reach 2019” report a person must make $9.73 per hour, for 40 hours per week, to afford a zero-bedroom (studio) apartment. That’s more than a dollar higher than the state’s minimum wage.
Stark County families need to make much more to afford a two-bedroom apartment. These renters need $14.90 per hour, in a full-time job, to earn enough to afford average rent of $775. Food preparation and fast food workers, home health aides and retail workers are among the fastest growing occupations. Yet none of these jobs pay that much. As long as the cost of housing exceeds the average wages of so many jobs, our region will continue to struggle with homelessness and the family instability it causes.
News & Announcements
Alliance Family Health Center Off-Site Clinic Reopens on July 7th!
Appointments may be scheduled weekdays between 11am – 2pm.
The Health and Wellness program also offers:
- FREE First Aid / CPR Certification
- Nutrition Classes
- Health Cooking Demos
- Immunization Clinics
- Weekly Online Activities
- Wellness related classes such as Suicide Prevention and Narcan Training
- And more!