Report: 94-hour workweek required at minimum wage to afford 2-bedroom apartment in Utah

Larry Darden poses for a portrait in his home at the Lowell Apartments in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Darden, who has been in his current apartment for a year and a half, had issues previously with finding affordable housing and suffered from unsafe living conditions.

SALT LAKE CITY — Before Larry Darden moved out in early 2016, he “was afraid to go to sleep at night” in his downtown Salt Lake apartment.

Roaches infested the place. There were attempted break-ins. Darden never felt comfortable or secure.

“It was very, very unsafe at my last address,” Darden says.

Despite the deplorable conditions, Darden was hundreds of dollars per month short of being able to consistently afford his apartment.

But after his applications for a place elsewhere were met with repeated rejections due to his prior criminal record, Darden was given a lifeline. He was able to get in at the Lowell Apartments, a low-income affordable housing complex at 233 E. 700 South managed by the Utah Nonprofit Housing Corp.

“Once I moved from there into here, it was like moving into paradise,” Darden told the Deseret News while proudly giving a tour of his one-bedroom apartment.

Larry Darden looks on while in his home at the Lowell Apartments in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Darden, who has been in his current apartment for a year and a half, had issues previously with finding affordable housing and suffered from unsafe living conditions. | Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

But even the Lowell Apartments took nearly a year to get Darden in — largely because of the overwhelming demand in Salt Lake City for affordable housing for low-income residents. Darden knows how fortunate he is.

“Here, it’s quiet, it’s respectful. There’s no problems, it’s a great place to lay your head in,” Darden said. “It’s very, very hard to find a place like this.”

The standard rent at the Lowell Apartments is a below-market rate of $575 per month — a few hundred dollars less than he was paying — and there is flexibility on top of that. Darden works as a residential assistant there to earn the remaining amount he cannot pay.

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Many other Utahns who could use affordable housing are not as lucky. Officials estimate the state has a shortage of 43,000 affordable units. For those who simply can’t get in, the mainstream housing market has their way with them.

And that market has not been kind to low-income Utahns.

According to new data published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a person or household earning minimum wage must work 76 hours per week in order to reasonably afford a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rate in Utah.

By the same metric, affording a two-bedroom apartment in Utah would require working 94 hours per week at minimum wage, the organization reported.

At just 40 hours per week, the lowest wage that could afford a two-bedroom apartment in Utah is $17.02 per hour on average, states the report, published June 8 and titled “Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing.”

That places Utah near the middle of the road in the United States, with the 25th lowest such required wage, the National Low Income Housing Coalition said. Minimum wage in Utah is $7.25.

The findings indicate that minimum-wage workers must choose between working exorbitant hours or spending a very high and exceptionally risky portion of their income on housing, the report authors believe.

“A severely (rent) cost-burdened household is often one unexpected bill away from losing their home,” housing coalition spokeswoman Lisa Marlow said in an email, citing a medical bill or a car repair as examples. “One emergency puts them behind in paying for their housing. Families in this situation are likely to experience greater stress (and) poorer health.”

There are 276,708 renter households in Utah, accounting for about 31 percent of all residences in the state. According to the report, at 40 hours of work each week, the household earning the average wage of a Utah renter — $13.26 per hour — could reasonably afford $689 per month in rent. The average fair market rate for a two-bedroom apartment in Utah is $885 per month; it’s $716 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

The housing coalition based its findings on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s calculation of fair market rent rates in every American county and metropolitan area. The fair market rate is considered “what a family moving today could expect to pay for a modest apartment or rental home in the area,” Marlow said.

Following the same methodology of the federal government, the organization defines housing as affordable when household members use less than 30 percent of their income to pay for it. Households above that threshold are considered significantly cost-burdened by housing, while those who pay for it with more than 50 percent of their income are considered severely cost-burdened.

A factor in homelessness

Unaffordable housing strongly increases the chances of a minimum-wage worker being evicted and potentially becoming homeless, according to Marlow.

“Homelessness is the direct result of the affordable rental housing shortage,” she said. “We have learned from a growing collection of studies that stable, affordable housing has positive outcomes regarding health, education and employment.”

Glenn Bailey, executive director of the Crossroads Urban Center, which runs a food pantry and thrift store serving needy populations, said a clear line can be drawn between a lack of affordable housing and homelessness.+

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Solve this puzzle and (maybe) win a job at Dyson

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Are you smart enough to escape a locked room — and walk into a job at Dyson?

The British company, famous for its vacuum cleaners and other slinkily designed home appliances, is recruiting 110 software engineers. And in a stunt to promote that hunt for new talent, Dyson is combining cryptic video brainteasers with one of those “escape the room“-type challenges.

On Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February, Dyson will open The Smart Rooms, a pop-up puzzle palace in London where contenders must complete software-engineering-based challenges. It’s like “The Crystal Maze”, only nerdier.

Working as part of a team on on your own, you’ll quest to solve each puzzle and advance to the next room. Each challenge is projected onto the walls, so although you’re not actually moving, you advance through different virtual environments.

The winners take home a 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner signed by James Dyson himself. And who knows, maybe Jim will spot your talent and take you on.

If you think you’re smart enough to crack the Smart Rooms, all you have to do is find the entry code hidden in this video and send it to Dyson. Oh, and travel to London, but you’re smart — you can figure that out on your own.

 

 

 
[Source:- CNET]

Your Bathroom at Christmas

A minimalistic bathroom means minimal cleaning.

Most people have guests stopping over for a few nights around the festive period. Whether you have an en-suite or a main bathroom, if you have been thinking of updating it for a while now, it is probably overdue an update before your guests arrive. Sometimes a good clean, a lick of paint and colour co-ordinated lotion and potion bottles can spruce up the whole room. Give it a go and see. However, if you have panels falling away from your bath, or the shower tray is broken, or your tiles are really, really dated, you know you need a new bathroom. Why not just get it done in time for Christmas?

A new bathroom with a fixed shower screen, a stone shower tray (which will not crack) and minimalistic, easy-clean sanitaryware will be almost heavenly to use around Christmas time; you can bathe the dog without worrying about scrubbing at mud stains for hours afterwards; the kids can splash as much water as they like without making your new Karndean floor slippery; and of course, at the end of a long day, you can have a relaxing soak in a lovely, new, clean bathroom.

 

 

 

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Unusual Wall Paneling of Wooden Parquet at Igniv Restaurant

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After the success of Milan Design Week – Biscuit designed by Patricia Urquiola for Listone Giordano, conquers Europe with a beautiful project in Switzerland – Igniv Restaurant at Bad Ragaz Grand Resort.

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has taken her cues from the restaurant’s name – which means nest in Rhaeto-Romanic, one of Switzerland’s official languages – to mix brass, leather, golden hued table bases, and stone with an unusual wall paneling of wooden parquet by flooring company Listone Giordano. In a cozy setting, with a vaulted ceiling and an open fire, the designer created wood paneling using Biscuit that increases the sense of warmth and privacy, in a skillful mix of history and contemporary.

The duet of tradition and innovation creates eye-catching solutions that could stand alone as furnishing systems, much more than simple flooring. These collections exalt architectural design, adding innovation to the warmth and texture of wood. The collection centers on rediscovering the decorative power of parquet and the quintessentially feminine trait of softness expressed in rounded, curved blocks and a slight embossing of the surface. The patterns – regular lengthwise, inlay, mosaics or herringbone – do not differ enormously from the classic wooden floor options, but the size and the rounded tips of the wooden boards produce an entirely new look. Biscuit is made of French oak. The wooden strips can be assembled in six different patterns and used for flooring and high impact wall cladding.

 

[Source:- Interirozine]

 

Your Kitchen at Christmas

A pantry is great for storing all that Christmas food.

You may be surprised to hear that around 75% of our customers during their kitchen design process will specifically mention Christmas as a reason for a certain feature, be it a bigger oven, more worktop space, or room for a large dining room table. It is only one day a year, but it is so important to us all that it is somewhere at the back of our minds when planning a kitchen, regardless of when exactly we are planning it.

If you’re starting to panic about oven space, worktop space, or room to sit everyone down for the biggest meal of the year, maybe it could be time to redesign your kitchen. We’re not saying you should plan your entire kitchen around Christmas, but it will definitely help if you redesign it with the big day in mind.

 

 

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Nature-inspired bedroom

When the owners of this house moved in, this bedroom was a completely blank canvas – it had brand-new fitted carpets but everything else was neutral. The couple didn’t have any furniture to fill it with, but rather than rush to fill the room, they decided to sleep in it as it was so they could get a better feel for the space and what decor would work best in it. They were quite clear on what they wanted, in principle: a hotel-style bed, lots of clutter-eliminating storage and a dressing table too. It was asking a great deal from a fairly small room, but by taking their time the couple found solutions.

‘For a while it felt rather odd sleeping in an empty box. But it did give us time to work out what we wanted. We knew everything would benefit from a fresh coat of paint, so we used a crisp cream colour on the walls and painted the woodwork glossy white. Although the carpet wasn’t my choice, it seemed silly to change it. So we gave it a good clean, and even at that stage the room began to feel more homely.’

 

 

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Innovative Materials and Refined Silhouette at Mayfair Lamp by VIBIA

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Past and future come together in the present, bringing modern advances to the essential and authentic values of the past. The Mayfair collection by VIBIA is designed to improve the illumination of private spaces, by integrating traditional elements, reinterpreted through technological progress.

The original inspiration for the fittings is provided by the traditional library and billiards lamps of the 19th Century with their evocative conical shades and brass structure. These traditional fittings have been reinterpreted in a highly contemporary manner featuring innovative materials, refined silhouette and incorporating a highly refined LED light.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

New Collections by Flou at Milan Design Week

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Flou boasts more that thirty years of dedication, creativity, and specialization on a continuous journey that started with the beds that oriented us spontaneously to expand the types of products and to develop articles with increasing global appeal. The result is a comprehensive design collection, a wide variety and a complete selection of items, ideal for every ambience that is furnished with style. At Salone del Mobile in Milan Flou presents the new proposals designed by Carlo Colombo, Emanuela Garbin, and Mario Dell’Orto.

During one of my numerous trips around the world, I was looking out the window on an aircraft and distractedly observed the wing of the plane that was carrying me home from China. I started thinking about how our perspectives could change if we were able to look at things we have seen a thousand times through new eyes! Observing the curve of that wing was the inspiration for my design of a product collection that I called Softwing, consisting of bed, armchair, pouffe and an LED lamp connected by the same common features: a soft fold, gentle roundness, an elegant curve.’  – Carlo Colombo

 

Softwing Bed
This is a size double bed that fully respects the tradition of the Flou textile bed. The strong point of Softwing is the fabric, draped over the frame and stitched like an haute couture garment. The stylish lines are joined by the soft headboard with rounded corners, the elegance of the details, the position of the folds, the precision of the stitching. The end-result is a bed with extraordinarily comfortable softness, simple yet sophisticated elegance, the perfect tailor-made product.

 

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Unusual Wall Paneling of Wooden Parquet at Igniv Restaurant

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After the success of Milan Design Week – Biscuit designed by Patricia Urquiola for Listone Giordano, conquers Europe with a beautiful project in Switzerland – Igniv Restaurant at Bad Ragaz Grand Resort.The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has taken her cues from the restaurant’s name – which means nest in Rhaeto-Romanic, one of Switzerland’s official languages – to mix brass, leather, golden hued table bases, and stone with an unusual wall paneling of wooden parquet by flooring company Listone Giordano. In a cozy setting, with a vaulted ceiling and an open fire, the designer created wood paneling using Biscuit that increases the sense of warmth and privacy, in a skillful mix of history and contemporary.

The duet of tradition and innovation creates eye-catching solutions that could stand alone as furnishing systems, much more than simple flooring. These collections exalt architectural design, adding innovation to the warmth and texture of wood. The collection centers on rediscovering the decorative power of parquet and the quintessentially feminine trait of softness expressed in rounded, curved blocks and a slight embossing of the surface. The patterns – regular lengthwise, inlay, mosaics or herringbone – do not differ enormously from the classic wooden floor options, but the size and the rounded tips of the wooden boards produce an entirely new look. Biscuit is made of French oak. The wooden strips can be assembled in six different patterns and used for flooring and high impact wall cladding.

 

 
[Source:- Interiorzine]

Games of Perspective and Kaleidoscopic Patterns at Bonaldo’s New Products

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Doppler, the collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò and comprising coffee tables and new sideboards, features a kaleidoscope of shapes and bright colors. A charming sequence of rings dazzle those who observe Hulahoop, the original table by Alessandro Busana. Looking in the New Perspective Mirror, designed by Alain Gilles, gives the observer the impression of diving into a new perspective. Last but not least, the Nikos armchair, designed by Sergio Bicego, adds a touch of fresh originality to the most diverse settings thanks to the graphic design on the upholstery which is distinguished by lines that chase each other and cross one another, in a mesmerising rainbow of colours.

The Doppler sideboards supplement the Doppler coffee table collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo. They propose the same illusion of overlapping surfaces, whereas actually the doors are made up of a single surface: indeed, it is the combination of various brightly coloured graphic patterns that creates this particular optical effect. The asymmetrical opening of the doors is an additional sign of originality. The lacquered wood frame is supported by a solid ash-wood base, painted in grey or walnut-wood. Bonaldo produces the Doppler sideboards in two different sizes: one high and the other low, to furnish both the living room and the bedroom.

The Doppler sideboards supplement the Doppler coffee table collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo. They propose the same illusion of overlapping surfaces, whereas actually the doors are made up of a single surface: indeed, it is the combination of various brightly coloured graphic patterns that creates this particular optical effect. The asymmetrical opening of the doors is an additional sign of originality. The lacquered wood frame is supported by a solid ash-wood base, painted in grey or walnut-wood. Bonaldo produces the Doppler sideboards in two different sizes: one high and the other low, to furnish both the living room and the bedroom.

Hulahoop is characterized by a minimal table top and a frame comprising metallic rings which, owing to perspective, overlap one another, giving rise to a graphic pattern capable of rendering a dynamic image that changes every time depending on the viewpoint. Hulahoop offers multiple combinations of materials and dimensions. The table top – which is free of sharp edges, simple and clean-cut – is in fact available in various types of marble, wood, ceramic and glass. The decorative base is made of metal painted in a host of different colours or with copper, brass or pickled finish.

The idea of Belgian designer Alain Gilles was to bring the mirror to life, turning it from a cold and empty surface into a dynamic object with a rich personality. As the name suggests, the New Perspective Mirror plays with depth and perspective, giving the illusion of a room beyond the mirror.

The distinguishing feature of this mirror lies in the hand-drawing of lines made directly on its surface, which gives it a multiple personality: it is not just an object whose sole function is to that of a mirror but rather a decorative furnishing element. The New Perspective Mirror is available in 3 different color variants to adapt to various styles and interior décors: combinations of red/green/blue, or monochrome black or copper. Available in two versions, either “large” or “small”; the “small” version is fitted with a brushed anthracite grey oak shelf on which the mirror rests, set in a slot.

 

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]