Food insecurity transitions and housing hardships: Are immigrant families more vulnerable?

Xi Huang, Christian King

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Food insecurity and housing instability are pervasive issues in the United States and disproportionally affect immigrants and have many negative consequences for low-income families. Although evidence shows that food insecurity contributes to housing instability, how it affects immigrants, the duration of food insecurity, and the role of the neighborhood context in this relationship remain largely unknown. Using longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, we find that the negative association of food insecurity is 3 times larger for immigrants than for nonimmigrants. In addition, persistently food insecure families have the highest risk of experiencing housing instability compared to families experiencing short-term food insecurity. The findings point to potential positive externality effects of anti-hunger and food assistance programs on reducing material hardships beyond food insecurity and the particular policy implications for immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1160
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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