In the midst of a housing and economic recovery, many travel and tourism sector workers struggle to afford housing in metro areas across the country, according to a new report by the MacArthur-supported Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. The study explored trends in housing affordability for mid-career housekeepers, wait staff, auto mechanics, front desk managers and flight attendants, of which only flight attendants earned an average wage high enough to afford the mortgage on a median-priced home in the United States. Housekeepers and wait staff cannot afford the typical rent on either a one- or two-bedroom apartment in any metro area.

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