Title

Losing Your Home Is Bad for Your Health: Short- and Medium-Term Health Effects of Eviction on Young Adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-20-2020

Publication Title

Housing Policy Debate

Abstract

U.S. cities are increasingly adopting antieviction policies predicated on the belief that evictions have negative consequences for families and communities. Yet the nature and duration of many of these consequences are relatively unknown. We add to the literature on the consequences of evictions by assessing the enduring effects of eviction on the self-reported health of young adults. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), we find evictions have both short-term (12 months) and medium-term (7–8 years) negative impacts on multiple measures of health. Individuals who experience an eviction are more likely to report being in poor general health or experiencing mental health concerns, even many years after an eviction. As state and local governments develop policies to reduce evictions, it is worth noting that any resulting decrease in evictions may have a positive impact on population health, making health professionals effective potential policymaking partners.

Original Citation

Megan E. Hatch & Jinhee Yun (2020) Losing Your Home Is Bad for Your Health: Short- and Medium-Term Health Effects of Eviction on Young Adults, Housing Policy Debate, DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2020.1812690

DOI

10.1080/10511482.2020.1812690

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