On May 16, residents of Merced, young people, and community leaders held a press conference advocate for a local affordable housing trust fund prior to a city council meeting. The local affordable housing trust fund would be to fund programs such as tenant right to counsel, a farmworker housing program, youth guaranteed housing, and a youth wellness center. A rally is scheduled to be held prior to the Jun. 6 budget hearing at 5 p.m. at the Merced Civic Center.
Elyse Gittens addresses the crowd outside Merced Civic Center about homes guarantee.
Jazmin Moreno tells her housing story and what it’s like to face eviction notices in Merced County.
Community members hold up signs in support of a local affordable housing trust fund.
Adriana tells the crowd outside Merced Civic Center of different demands from young people and what they would like to see helping youth in Merced with the support of a local affordable housing trust fund.
Community members stand in support of affordable housing in Merced.
X relays a story of a friend and stresses the importance of affordable housing in Merced.
We’Ced cohort member Akina Westmoreland tells the crowd why a youth wellness center is important to Merced.
Pangcha Vang, MC for the press conference, holds up a green public comment speaker slip, demonstrating to the crowd to fill it out for the city council meeting.
Many members of the Merced community came out in support of a local affordable housing trust fund.