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NEW REPORT: Dayton renters can’t afford apartments

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 10:02 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 10:22 AM


Renters in the Dayton region on average earn too little to afford a decent two-bedroom apartment, according to a report released today by affordable housing advocacy groups.

The average hourly wage earned by Dayton-area renters this year is $12.86, which is nearly $2 short of the wage need to afford the fair market rent of a two-bedroom apartment, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

Workers who shoulder high housing cost burdens often have to make difficult decisions, with potentially serious consequences, about whether to pay rent or fund basic necessities like health care or child care, experts says.

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A lack of affordable housing in Dayton and elsewhere in Ohio is a threat to economic growth, said Bill Faith, the director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

“Just like home is essential for family stability,” he said, “housing is the foundation of our economy.”

Nearly 121,000 renter households are spread across the Dayton metro area, accounting for more than one-third of all households. The metro area includes Montgomery, Miami and Greene counties.

In the region, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $765, according to the new report.

RELATED: Dayton rent consumes too much income for some residents

That means renters would need to earn $30,600 to afford the region’s fair market rent, without their housing costs exceeding 30 percent of their income. That equates to about $14.71 per hour.

Households are considered cost burdened when too much of their income (31 percent or more) goes to housing.

Making $12.86 per hour, a renter ideally would not want to pay more than $669 for rent. But that’s $96 less than the fair market rent for a two-bedroom.

And all of this assumes that a renter is working 40 hours per week and is getting paid for all 52 weeks, which is not the case for everyone.

MORE: Here’s what it costs to rent 8 places in downtown Dayton

Some of the Dayton region’s largest occupations do not pay the “housing wage” needed to afford modest, two-bedroom apartments, according to federal labor data reviewed by this news organization.

In the Dayton region:
  • Retail sales people on average earn $12.11 per hour (11,750 employees in Dayton area)
  • Registered nurses earn $32.28 per hour (11,670 employees)
  • Food preparation and service workers earn $10.46 per hour (11,500 employees)
  • Cashiers earn $9.99 per hour (8,980 employees)
  • Laborers and freight, stock and material movers earn $13.32 per hour (7,640 employees)
  • Waiters/waitresses earn $11.19 per hour (6,920 employees)
  • Office clerks earn 16.55 per hour (6,640 employees)
  • Janitors/cleaners (not maids or housekeeping) earn $13.25 per hour (6,190 employees)
  • Stock clerks and order fillers earn $12.82 per hour (5,910 employees)
  • Customer service representatives earn $16.71 per hour (5,480 employees)
  • Nursing assistants earn $13.29 per hour (5,430 employees)

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Supreme Court to hear arguments over Trump travel ban

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

File photo: Supreme Court of the United States
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
File photo: Supreme Court of the United States(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would listen to arguments surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban during its October sitting.

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The decision came down as justices announced their final opinions of the term ahead of a summer break. Justices will review arguments over whether the ban violates constitutional protections against religion-based discrimination, among other things.

The court also agreed to lift preliminary injunctions that blocked the government from barring foreign nationals without connections to the U.S. from entering the country.

Justices said in their filing Monday that upholding the injunctions “would appreciably injure (America’s) interests without alleviating obvious hardship to anyone else.”

The court left in place injunctions that affect “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

Trump hailed the high court’s order as a “clear victory for our national security.” He said in a statement that his “number one responsibility” is to keep the American people safe.

>> Read the Supreme Court order

The Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court on June 1 after a lower court blocked the travel ban from going into effect.

The administration argued that an injunction issued by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in May was too broad in blocking the government from banning foreign travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

The travel ban was the second executive order addressing travel to the United States signed by the president after key provisions of the first were blocked by a federal court.

Trump signed his original executive order in January, barring foreign nationals from seven countries Muslim-majority from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.

A federal judge blocked several key provision of the ban a week later. An appeals court declined to lift the order and the government announced it would put together a new travel ban.

The second version of the executive order was signed March 6 and barred foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Major parts of the second executive order were blocked by a federal court in May, which determined that the government was likely to lose its case, because its arguments appeared to target people based on their religion rather than on national security concerns.

The president has numerous times argued that his travel ban is necessary to ensure the safety of Americans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Memphis Belle actor visits the Air Force Museum

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 6:04 PM

Matthew Modine, Memphis Belle actor
Matthew Modine, Memphis Belle actor

Matthew Modine, an actor in the Hollywood film Memphis Belle who played a pilot, was at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force earlier today to see the real Memphis Belle.

He signed autographs, and spoke in the Air Force Museum Theater before a showing of the 1944 film “Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress.”

When asked how Modine felt about being a part of something so historic, “It’s incredible. It’s one of the great things about my job is that you get the opportunity to meet and work with people that come from all kinds of different walks of life and the experiences you have so greatly enrich your life.”

Memphis Belle

After 13 years of restoration, the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle rolled out in a new exhibit at the museum on May 17, which was the 75th anniversary of the completion of its 25th and final combat mission over Europe. The four-engine Boeing-built bomber was the first to finish 25 missions and return to the United States on a celebrated war bonds tour.  

While in town, Modine had time to visit a Cincinnati Reds baseball game as well.

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How to prevent heat-related and life-threatening illnesses during extreme heat

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:28 PM

Kettering Health Network ER doctors urge caution during extreme heat. 

Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses.

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Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Signs of these illnesses include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, and heavy sweating and headaches. If a person is affected by heat-related illness, they should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink, and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin.

If a person refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately. 

Doctors also urge caution when playing and working outside in extreme heat to avoid injuries and life-threatening illnesses. They urge people to dress for the heat, drink water, eat small meals and eat more often, slow down, stay indoors when possible, and be a good neighbor. 

For more information on how to avoid injuries and life-threatening illnesses, visit Kettering Health Network’s website.

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Two injured after motorcycle goes airborne after crash with truck on U.S. 35

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 7:11 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Crash involving motorcycle reported in Dayton

Two people were taken to Miami Valley Hospital after a crash on U.S. 35 eastbound Sunday evening.

A motorcycle and pick-up truck were traveling east when the pick-up truck struck the motorcycle, making the motorcycle and its driver go airborne a far distance near the Steve Whalen Blvd. exit.

>> One killed in Warren County motorcycle crash

The pick-up truck continued driving and crashed near the South Smithville exit. The truck went underneath the Smithville exit, hit a guard rail, and crashed into the wooded area, according to officials.

The male driving the motorcycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and it is unknown if he was wearing a helmet at the time. The injuries of the female driving the pick-up truck are unknown.

>> How to prevent heat-related and life-threatening illnesses during extreme heat

The crash closed eastbound U.S. 35.

Crews on scene were taking measurements of the crash, and the cause is still under investigation.

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