Cyclists Ride Across Country, Building Affordable Housing Along the Way

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STOCKTON -- Twenty-nine people are riding their bicycles across the country, stopping along the way in cities  including Stockton to help build affordable homes for low income families.

The Bike and Build team worked with Habitat for Humanity on homes on Glen Haven Way in Stockton Thursday and Friday before finishing up their 10 week rise from Connecticut to California in Half Moon Bay on Monday.

The team has 56 ride days, 16 build days, and only four rest days in between.

"Having a place you can call home comfortably leads to a better standard of living in so many other ways," Bike and Build team leader Erik Wright said.

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, affordable housing means that rent or mortgage payments, taxes and utilities equal less than 30% of a household gross income. But studies show that many families in the country spend more than 50% of their incomes on housing, which leaves them much less money for other necessities.

"It's so intertwined with other issues like education and eating," Wright said.

Bike and Build is a donation based organization with several teams orchestrating different routes. The California to Connecticut route spanned over 4,000 miles.

For more information, head to their website at:  www.bikeandbuild.org

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