Overall, the report indicates Virginia is one of the ten worst states for affordable housing, coming in behind the likes of California, New York, and Washington D.C.
Living wage activists in Charlottesville say they're not surprised. They argue the current minimum wage, $7.25 per hour is not enough for families to afford food, housing, and basic necessities.
"It's not just the wages but it's the other things around you that start adding up to be more costly and your quality of life goes down. There's a pretty direct relationship we can see with that," says Joe Szakos of Virginia Organizing.
Szakos says in addition to higher wages, Virginia needs more affordable housing.
Living wage advocates argue that the demand for rentals keeps growing because less people can afford to buy.
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