Core housing need is when individuals are living in housing that requires major repair, does not have enough space for the needs of the household, or costs 30% or more of the household's income. These situations can be financially draining, unhealthy and stressful for individuals and families. The percentage of renter households in core housing need is a measure of the need for adequate, appropriate and affordable housing in Surrey. The City aims to see a downward trend in the proportion of individuals in core housing need. Data source: Statistics Canada (Note: 2011 data quality may be inferior to previous years due to the voluntary nature of the National Household Survey that has replaced the mandatory long form census).