Eviction and Foreclosure

How does housing relate to public health?

The foreclosure crisis has had devastating effects on our nation's public health, creating a "public hell" for many. Across the country, ten million Americans have been thrown out of their homes, and predatory lending and the resultant legal battles have rendered these people homeless and their homes people-less. In Chicago alone, more than 116,000 individuals were homeless during the 2012–13 school year—an increase of more than 10% from the year before, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

For African Americans—who have been hit the hardest by foreclosure and eviction—this is just one more chapter in a long history of landlessness. After generations of struggle for basic human and civil rights, many are now finding it difficult to hold onto the right to own the most basic and necessary property: a home.

What are some significant sources for background research?

Public Health Psychiatrist Mindy Fullilove has long had an interest in the impacts of dispossession and displacement, particularly on African-Americans. She has studied social, psychological, health, and financial impacts of African-American displacement, particularly by urban renewal between 1949 and 1973. See:

What are some directions for radical public health research?

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