U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream: Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing

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Housing has numerous impacts on the daily lives of individuals and families. For example, the cost of shelter influences what can be spent on other items such as education, transportation, or entertainment. Inferior-quality housing can lead to accidents and poor health. Housing conditions such as overcrowding influence whether household members have privacy and space to engage in various activities such as homework. Critical housing issues include the affordability of housing, the extent to which families are cost-burdened due to the high cost of housing, housing quality, the value and equity of owned-housing, and the stability of households, among others.1 These matters have important consequences for children, families, communities, and the nation as a whole. Further, common practices such as redlining, a widespread banking policy after World War II through the 1970s that excluded racial and ethnic minorities from obtaining mortgage loans, real estate agents steering minorities to particular neighbourhoods, and other housing practices have had differential impacts on Americans by race and ethnicity (Squires, 1992) and have been particularly devastating for minorities, including Latinos (Diaz, 2005). Given this context, it is especially important to evaluate how housing outcomes continue to differ across racial and ethnic lines. Housing issues matter for the substantial Latino population in the United States, their physical and mental health, and their ability to save and to accumulate wealth. Latinos are a significant and fast-growing component of the housing market, because of international migration, fertility rates, and their relative youth. Indeed, between 1995 and 2005, Latino-headed households increased at a faster rate than non-Latino households, accounting for more than 27% of the total increase in U.S. households (JCHS, 2006). In the decade after 1995, Latino households grew by at least 50% in nearly every state in the country, accounting for all of the household growth in central cities, 26% in suburban households, and offset non-Latino declines in rural households (Ready, 2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLatinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América
PublisherSpringer US
Pages87-100
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780387719412
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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housing quality
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minority
housing conditions
Latinos
Household
American Dream
homework
fertility rate
international migration
housing market
entertainment
banking
World War II
national minority
loan
privacy
accident

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McConnell, E. (2008). U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream: Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing. In Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América (pp. 87-100). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71943-6_6

U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream : Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing. / McConnell, Eileen.

Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América. Springer US, 2008. p. 87-100.

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McConnell, E 2008, U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream: Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing. in Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América. Springer US, pp. 87-100. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71943-6_6
McConnell E. U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream: Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing. In Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América. Springer US. 2008. p. 87-100 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71943-6_6
McConnell, Eileen. / U.S. Latinos/as and the American dream : Diverse populations and unique challenges in housing. Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América. Springer US, 2008. pp. 87-100
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