The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between housing adequacy and civic engagement in Los Angeles County, California. The researcher utilized a quantitative design and examined existing data from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, Los Angeles voter registration records and the FBI Uniform Crime Report on half of the cities in Los Angeles County. Overcrowding was found to be the strongest indicator of civic disengagement and overcrowding occurred at a significantly higher rate in the low-income cities. The relationship between housing unaffordability and civic disengagement was mixed, with housing unaffordability indicating an increased likelihood of crime in wealthy cities, but also indicating an increased likelihood of voter registration in low-income cities. A lack of kitchen and plumbing facilities was associated with civic disengagement as well. The results of the present study support current and future policy that fosters the development of affordable housing in Los Angeles.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Urban planning|
|Keywords:||Affordable housing, Civic engagement, Crime rate, Housing adequacy, Los angeles county, Overcrowding|
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