MOUNT VERNON — It's no secret that Knox County is facing a housing shortage. Just ask anyone trying to rent an apartment or buy a home.

What is more difficult to determine is what it will take to solve the shortage. The Area Development Foundation recently released a report that provides a starting point.

Housing shortage: units needed if construction static

This table shows the annual shortfall of housing units if construction rates remain static at 133 a year.

Housing shortage: shortfall graphic

This chart illustrates the projected shortfall if the county's construction rate remains at 133 a year.

Housing shortage: wage per bedroom

According to information compiled from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the mean renter wage in Knox County is $13.48. This suggests an affordable rent of $701. This table shows the hourly rate needed to afford housing based on bedrooms.