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Response to MADem (Reply #55)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:19 AM

60. $25 was the average rent for a HOUSE in 1937. You could rent a flat for considerably less.

 

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1937.html


This is about people receiving public assistance (not a job). We can then assume that the lowest cost to keep one person alive and in some kind of housing in NYC in the period was about $380 a year, and three people = $557.

"Mr. Corsi testified that the average weekly budget for relief families in NYC was...single person, $7.30, family of three, $10.70...This included all allowances -- food, rent, gas, light, household necessaries -- but not fuel."

The Works Progress Administration in New York City By John David Millett
p. 23 (footnote).


WPA wages varied during the history of the program as well as by regional prevailing wages and job category. But, for example:

"In June 1936 the average monthly wage on the WPA in NYC was $75.33."

$75/mo = $900 a year, or 161% of the minimal wage needed to feed and house three people.

The Works Progress Administration in New York City By John David Millett
p. 148 (footnote).

Look it up in google books.

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