The housing crisis has become so extreme that there is now not a single state, metropolitan area, or county in the United States where a person earning the federal minimum wage can afford market rent on a modest two-bedroom apartment. Homelessness is growing. Tens of thousands of people have resorted to living out of their cars.
At the same time, the number of storage units being built nationwide is growing.
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