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RALEIGH, N.C. — Almost 750,000 North Carolina families do not have housing they can afford, a problem advocates say deserves more state investment.

NC Policy Watch, a state government watchdog group, and the Campaign for Housing Carolina, a coalition of groups pushing for more investment in affordable housing, are sponsoring a luncheon April 10 to discuss the problem.

With the current minimum wage set at $5.15 an hour, an increasing number of North Carolinians are unable to afford the $11.60 an hour needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment at market rates, the groups say.

A panel will discuss North Carolina’s housing crisis, its impact on the state’s future, and strategies to highlight the problem during the upcoming legislative session.

Panelists include Hope Connell, chair of the N.C. Bankers Association; Chris Estes, executive director of the N.C. Housing Coalition; and Ron Penney of United Way.

The lunch session will be held at Exploris museum in downtown Raleigh from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The session is open to the public for a cost of $10, including a box lunch.

To register, visit the NC Policy Watch website.

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