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Julián Castro is secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Can you imagine paying $1,000 a month in rent to live in a one-car garage? Nicole, a 30-year-old woman, doesn't have to imagine this scenario because it's her everyday reality. The small and unusual living space is all that this employed, single mother can afford in her high-cost community in San Mateo, California.