Panel Paper: Profiles of Housing Characteristics Among Low-Income Urban Families

Friday, November 9, 2012 : 1:00 PM
Mencken (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Rebekah Levine Coley1, Melissa Kull1, Tama Leventhal2 and Alicia Doyle Lynch1, (1)Boston College, (2)Tufts University

Low-income families face numerous barriers to accessing affordable, stable, and high quality housing that fits their families' needs and likely have different preferences and priorities regarding their housing as well.  The current study sought to comprehensively assess the housing characteristics of a representative sample of low-income families living in low-income urban neighborhoods in three cities (N = 2,393) to help shed light on the unique housing constraints and opportunities experienced by such families.  Cluster analyses delineated seven profiles of housing characteristics with distinct patterns of housing type, affordability, stability, and quality as well as neighborhood quality. Additional analyses found that maternal, family, and neighborhood characteristics distinguished the seven housing profiles.  Results are discussed in relation to implications for policy and practice, with avenues for future research delineated.