Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Housing Situation and Stability

10/01/2004

Survey respondents were asked about their current housing situation, whether they had moved or been evicted in the past year, and whether housing was a barrier to employment, education, or job training.
 
  • Almost four in ten of the respondents were living in public housing or subsidized housing.

Overall, 21% of the respondents were living in public housing, and 19% were living in subsidized housing (data not shown). Blacks were significantly more likely than whites (25% v 7%) to be living in public housing and to be living in subsidized housing (22% v 10%).31

  • Slightly more than one in five respondents could be classified as having unstable housing.

Twenty-two percent of the respondents had “unstable housing”, in that they had moved two or more times or were evicted in the past year (data not shown). About 8% of the respondents who were not receiving a rent subsidy or living in public housing had been evicted in the past year, compared to only 2% of the respondents who received rent subsidies.32 About 11% of whites but less than 5% of blacks had been evicted during the last year. Thirty-one percent of whites but only 18% of blacks had experienced unstable housing in the past year.33

  • Housing was a greater barrier for respondents who were divorced or separated than for those who were never married.

Ten percent of survey respondents stated that their housing situation had been a barrier to employment, education, or training activities during the past year (data not shown). Thirteen percent of divorced or separated respondents reported that their housing situation had been a barrier compared to 6% of married respondents, perhaps reflecting changes in respondent’s housing due to the marital separation.


31 Differences were statistically significant at the 99% confidence level.

32 This difference was statistically significant at the 95% confidence level.

33 Both of these differences were statistically significant at the 99% confidence level.

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