Posts By Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi

You’ve heard us say it before: Not all Latinos are immigrants and not all immigrants are Latinos. The two are both distinct and diverse—generalizations that conflate or oversimplify are bound to be inaccurate.

But unfortunately, erroneous perceptions of immigrants and Latinos often limit their housing choices. In fact, a  recently released study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives credence to the general sense of discrimination felt by those communities with hard numbers. HUD research shows that Latino renters are informed of 12.5 percent fewer units and shown 7.5 percent fewer units than White home seekers. 

For me, the HUD findings underscored a central reality: While the terms ‘Latino’ and ‘immigrant’ may not be... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing, Affordable Housing, Housing Education

Latino homeownerHomeownership has long been synonymous with the “American Dream:” a means of building wealth and a tangible symbol of upward mobility, a sign that the best is yet to come. For many immigrants, Latino and otherwise, el sueño de la casa propia is also a symbol of full integration into life in the United States. As National Homeownership Month, June provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on how to support strong aspirations of homeownership in immigrant and Latino communities.

Still, Latinos and immigrants must overcome a unique set of hurdles to make their dreams of owning homes an attainable goal. The economic woes of the Great Recession exacerbate other challenges for... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing, Foreclosure, Affordable Housing
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