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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(9), 144;

Disability Status, Housing Tenure, and Residential Attainment in Metropolitan America

Department of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY 12222, USA
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services, Broward College, Davie, FL 33314, USA
Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University, Houston, TX 77030, USA
The authors contributed equally to the article.
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Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 11 August 2018 / Accepted: 23 August 2018 / Published: 29 August 2018
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In 2010, 18.7 percent of the U.S. non-institutionalized population had a disability. Despite the existence of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of disability, recent research has found that individuals and/or families with disabilities live in poorer quality housing and neighborhoods than those without disabilities. However, no research has examined such disparities in residential attainment separately by housing tenure; our research seeks to fill this gap. The findings suggest that residential disadvantage among households with people with disabilities is worse in the sales market compared to the rental market. These findings are discussed as they relate to theories on residential attainment. The implications of our study suggest that more attention should be given to people with disabilities as they navigate the housing market, particularly in the sales market, and that greater enforcement of the FHAA is warranted in the sales market. View Full-Text
Keywords: disability-status; residential attainment; housing tenure disability-status; residential attainment; housing tenure
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Friedman, S.; Hamer-Small, K.; Choudary, W. Disability Status, Housing Tenure, and Residential Attainment in Metropolitan America. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 144.

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