The Foreclosure Crisis and Children: A Three-City Study

Research Report

The Foreclosure Crisis and Children: A Three-City Study

Abstract

This National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership cross-site study describes how foreclosures affected children in Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D.C. between 2003 and 2008. The number of children living in foreclosed homes rose sharply over the time period and the majority of students affected were African-American. Foreclosure prompted more residential mobility and school switching compared to other students in all three cities. Whether foreclosure resulted in students switching to schools of lower quality compared to other school switchers was mixed across the three cities. Students moving homes due to foreclosure experience similar changes in neighborhood quality as other movers.

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