ERIC Number: ED296060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Hispanic Housing Crisis.
Dolbeare, Cushing N.; Canales, Judith A.
This report examines the housing characteristics and needs of Hispanic households in the United States, drawing on information from the 1980 Census and the 1983 Annual Housing Survey. Among the conclusions are the following: (1) housing quality is a major problem for more than one in six Hispanic families; (2) among Hispanic subgroups, Puerto Ricans appeared to have the greatest incidence of housing problems in 1980; (3) housing affordability is an even more critical problem; (4) Hispanics are less likely than other Americans to be homeowners; (5) Hispanic households have lower incomes than White households, but these lower incomes are not reflected in lower housing costs; (6) Hispanic households tend to be younger than the population as a whole; (7) Hispanic households are larger than those of the overall population; (8) Hispanic housing units are smaller than those of the overall population; (9) a low percentage of Hispanic households receive housing assistance; (10) the available data indicate that housing discrimination against Hispanics is pervasive; (11) without immediate policy intervention, housing conditions for Hispanic Americans will soon reach crisis proportions; (12) between 24,000 and 48,000 Hispanic families currently residing in subsidized housing are threatened with eviction; and (13) the high proportion of Hispanic renters makes Hispanics particularly susceptible to displacement. Principles that should govern housing policy are identified, and policy initiatives are suggested. Data are displayed on 38 figures. Appendices provide additional data. (BJV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.