Like most of California, Merced has a housing crisis and needs more new homes built.

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2020 Census could help alleviate San Joaquin Valley’s affordable-housing crisis.

Federal funding based on Census data nourishes a broad spectrum of programs, including support for affordable housing largely sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The federal government defines “affordable housing” as housing that costs 30 percent or less than household income. If a family pays more, it is classified as “cost-burdened,” leading to the possibliity of that family having to forgo other necessities (medical care, food, clothing) in order to pay the rent or mortgage. HUD estimates that more than 12 million households spend more than half their annual incomes on housing.

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