Letter to the editor: Housing blues

To the editor:

Coming back to KU for another year of school, paying rent always comes to mind first. This year, I was lucky enough to find affordable housing. But, for many students, rent costs upwards of 50% of their monthly income. Many students accept this systematic fault as living on a “college kid budget.”

A National Low Income Housing Coalition study shows there is no U.S. state where a worker making the prevailing minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment. Students across Kansas settle for minimal wages in order to continue making money while in school, decreasing the ability to pay rent and secure basic human necessities such as food and shelter in addition to paying student debt and schoolwork.

As we approach our first day back on Jayhawk Boulevard, I urge Lawrence and our U.S. representative, Congressman Steve Watkins, to support H.R. 3211, a bill that helps to ensure basic human rights for students and low-income families.

While I, too, have had my fair share of ramen for dinner, no student should need to choose between a roof over their head and dinner that night.

Cameron T. Smith,

Lawrence

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