ERIC Number: ED310221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
The Crisis in Housing for the Poor: A Special Report on Hispanics and Blacks.
Lazere, Edward B.; Leonard, Paul A.
Housing has become an increasingly unaffordable commodity for most low income Black and Hispanic households. A comprehensive set of data on housing conditions nationwide was collected by the Bureau of the Census and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the American Housing Survey for 1985. The following key findings are discussed: (1) three out of four Black and Hispanic households paid more than 30 percent of their household incomes for housing; (2) minority households are more likely to bear high housing costs than White households; (3) Hispanics and Blacks are less likely to be homeowners than Whites; (4) the problems faced by all poor households in finding affordable housing have increased appreciably since 1970; (5) a sharp increase in the number of poor families, a substantial reduction in the number of low rent units in the housing stock, and a resulting increase in rental charges have created an increased shortage of low rent housing since 1978; (6) the poor are more likely to live in substandard housing than the non-poor; (7) a substantial number of poor households live in overcrowded conditions; (8) government assistance is available for fewer than 29 percent of poor renter households; (9) minority housing problems vary by region; and (10) poor Black and poor Hispanic households are less likely than poor White households to be headed by an elderly person and are more likely to have children. Statistical data are included on six graphs and five tables. A list of 21 notes is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Blacks, Census Figures, Family Financial Resources, Hispanic Americans, Housing Deficiencies, Low Income Groups, Low Rent Housing, Poverty, Racial Differences, Residential Patterns, Statistical Analysis, Welfare Services, Whites
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 305, Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.