Who Is Forced to Move?

Thomas Siskar , Pennsylvania State University

A forced move includes experiencing an eviction, foreclosure, private displacement, government displacement, or disaster caused displacement. In this study, I analyze household-level predictors to find the likelihood a household is forced to move. I use the 2013 American Housing Survey, a nationally representative sample administered by the US Census Bureau, to test four explanations of experiencing a forced move. I find homeownership and higher income increase residential stability, while the presence of a disabled person, or a child increase the likelihood a household will be forced to move. Homeowners are more likely to move if they have a disabled person in the household, and renters are more likely to move if they have children. Across racial groups I do not find differences in overall forced moves, however black and mixed race renters are more likely to be evicted than white renters.

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 Presented in Session 2. Children & Youth