City’s immigrants shut out of affordable housing

December 03, 2008 05:51PM

The
city’s immigrant population is having a harder time than ever finding
affordable housing, according to a study released today by the Pratt
Center for Community Development. About 56 percent of the city’s
immigrants put more than 30 percent of their income toward rental
costs, compared with 47 percent of native-born New Yorkers,
the study said. Immigrants in the city are three times as likely to
live in overcrowded conditions than native New Yorkers, and Brad
Lander, director of the Pratt Center, said “the geography of
foreclosures in New York City matches the geography of immigrations.”

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