A house on M Street south of Yosemite Avenue in Merced is for rent on Nov. 9, 2017. Almost half of Merced County's renters were "cost-burdened," spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent, according to a report from Apartment List. Nearly a quarter spent half of their income on rent.
A house on M Street south of Yosemite Avenue in Merced is for rent on Nov. 9, 2017. Almost half of Merced County's renters were "cost-burdened," spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent, according to a report from Apartment List. Nearly a quarter spent half of their income on rent. Thaddeus Miller tmiller@mercedsunstar.com
A house on M Street south of Yosemite Avenue in Merced is for rent on Nov. 9, 2017. Almost half of Merced County's renters were "cost-burdened," spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent, according to a report from Apartment List. Nearly a quarter spent half of their income on rent. Thaddeus Miller tmiller@mercedsunstar.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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