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ERIC Number: EJ915188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1074-1917
Latinos and Their Housing Experiences in Metropolitan Chicago: Challenges and Recommendations
Troche-Rodriguez, Madeline
Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, v21 p17-33 2008-2009
Low Income;This article examines instances of housing discrimination against Latinos in the Chicago suburbs through several interviews with thirty-four Latino families who live in towns with a recent history of controversies around fair housing. Whether they are living in the central city or in the suburbs, Latinos continue to experience housing segregation. Latinos often move away from the central city and into suburban neighborhoods for a better life, but they continue to experience hardship in acquiring adequate housing conditions that meet their needs. This article explores different forms of housing discrimination through the use of exclusionary practices such as predatory lending, inconsistent and selective enforcement of strict housing codes, systematic misinformation about home-buying, anti-immigration sentiment, and urban renewal and revitalization. The results of these practices are illustrated in currently foreclosure rates among Latinos. These challenges and housing experiences are seen from the perspective of the families. Finally, policy recommendations are offered that promote fair, affordable and decent housing opportunities for Latinos and other low-income and minority groups in the region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois