That's a pretty high standard to be able to afford a 2-bedroom apartment on under 30% of your income with minimum wage. There's no hunger to climb the ladder in such an easy society. If you need a 2 bedroom, you should have 2 earners at least, maybe a parents room and a kids room. Without kids, 2 earners can share a single or even a studio. A single earner on minimum wage should only be gunning for a studio at best but the more financially responsible way would be to go for a shared apartment. If you're a single parent, then the government will provide some assistance. Let's remember that minimum wage is not the average income; it is the lowest possible income and someone should only be in that situation if s/he is uneducated and new on the job. Even without education, if you work hard and put in your best, you will get raises and promotions in no time even at places like MacDonalds and Walmart just to retain a trained worker.