Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Housing in the United States

By Jamshid A. Momeni | Go to book overview

Foreword

Joe T. Darden

One of the basic necessities of life is adequate housing. The degree to which a government ensures that all of its citizens are adequately housed can be considered a measure of that government's concern for the welfare of its citizens.

Since housing is an economic commodity, one would expect that in a nation as wealthy as the United States, adequate housing for all citizens would have long been a reality. For a sizable segment of America's population, however, adequate housing continues to be a dream deferred.

This book, edited by Jamshid Momeni, a leading population and housing scholar, focuses on the reasons why blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians continue to live in housing that is unequal in quality and quantity to that of their white counterparts. The authors of this book are housing scholars from diverse academic disciplines. All agree, however, that despite passage of the 1949 Federal Housing Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act, racial minority households continue to experience housing deprivation. Compared to whites, racial minorities are more likely to have a lower rate of home ownership and to live in overcrowded, older, poor quality, segregated housing in central cities. In order to find homes comparable to those of whites, minorities must pay more and must overcome barriers of either subtle or direct forms of racial discrimination.

Access to adequate housing in the United States occurs along a color continuum. Asians, for example, have greater access to adequate housing than other minorities, followed by Hispanics and American Indians. Blacks, in general, have less access to adequate housing than other racial minorities, and black female-headed households have the least access of all groups.

The authors of this book agree that persistent discrimination against

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Ethnic Studies Series Editor: Leonard W. Doob ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figure and Tables ix
  • Foreword xv
  • Series Foreword xvii
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Introduction xxi
  • References xxiv
  • 1: A Historical Review of Changes in Public Housing Policies and Their Impacts on Minorities 1
  • Introduction 1
  • Conclusion 14
  • References 15
  • 2: Racial Inequalities in Housing: An Examination of Recent Trends 19
  • Introduction 19
  • Notes 36
  • Acknowledgments 36
  • References 37
  • 3: Racial Inequalities in Home Ownership 39
  • Notes 50
  • References 51
  • 4: Blacks and the American Dream of Housing 53
  • References 65
  • 5: Housing Policy and Suburbanization: An Analysis of the Changing Quality and Quantity of Black Housing in Suburbia since 1950 69
  • Introduction 69
  • Conclusion 83
  • References 85
  • 6: The Housing Conditions of Black Female-headed Households: A Comparative Analysis 89
  • Acknowledgments 107
  • References 108
  • 7: Accessibility to Housing: Differential Residential Segregation for Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asians 109
  • Introduction 109
  • References 125
  • 8: Su casa no es mi casa: Hispanic Housing Conditions in Contemporary America, 1949- 1980 127
  • Notes 143
  • References 144
  • 9: American Indian Housing: An Overview of Conditions and Public Policy 147
  • Acknowledgments 174
  • References 174
  • 10: Housing Problems of Asian Americans 177
  • References 193
  • 11: Minority Housing Needs and Civil Rights Enforcement 195
  • Introduction 195
  • Conclusions 209
  • Notes 211
  • Acknowledgments 212
  • Selected Bibliography 217
  • Index 221
  • About the Contributors 223
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