DS News: Rising Rates for Minority Homeownership

DS News, November 19, 2019: Rising Rates for Minority Homeownership

Data released by the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancies and Homeownership Survey found the minority homeownership rate rose 0.9% to 48.3% during Q3 2019.

This year-over-year increase is higher than the overall U.S. homeownership rate, which rose 0.4 percentage points to 64.8% during the quarter.

The Hispanic homeownership rate saw the highest increase, rising 1.6 percentage points to 47.9% during the quarter. Homeownership for African-Americans gained 0.8 percentage points for a rate of 43.3%—the largest gain in African-American homeownership since Q3 2017.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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