In most of America, a family of four making more than $115,000 a year would be living rather comfortably. But in the Bay Area, the Department of Housing and Urban Development says you're living in poverty.
In a new report, HUD says you can now earn six figures here and still qualify for low-income housing programs. According to the latest guidelines, a family of four making $117,400 a year in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties qualifies for their low-income housing programs.
For comparison, it's $94,456 in Santa Clara County and $89,600 a year for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. San Jose's First Community Housing says they used to serve mainly homeless people, but that is no longer the case.
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"When people have trouble finding housing, they tend to want to move," said Michael Santero with First Community Housing. "Until they get into a better situation, I think it becomes very unstable for the area."
HUD income limits for places like Nevada and Texas is what you would expect -- they are much lower than the Bay Area with $47,000 in Nevada and $38,000 in Texas.