Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Foreclosure and health status

TitleForeclosure and health status
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPollack, CE, Lynch, J, Alley, DE, Cannuscio, C
JournalLDI issue brief
Date PublishedJan-Feb
ISBN Number1553-0671; 1553-0671
Accession Number20180301
KeywordsHealth Status, Health Surveys, Housing/economics/statistics & numerical data, Humans, Stress, Psychological/economics, Unemployment, United States

In 2009, more than 2.8 million housing units in the U.S. received a foreclosure notice. That represents about 1 in every 45 properties and a 120% increase in the number of foreclosed properties since 2007. Real estate experts predict even more foreclosures in 2010 as high unemployment continues. The cascading effects of the foreclosure crisis on the U.S. economy are all too clear; the effects on individuals' health status are less obvious. This Issue Brief summarizes two studies that examine the health implications of foreclosure and reveal a vulnerable population that may benefit from coordinated health and financial services.