The Conditionof Farmworker Housing in the Eastern United States

  • Quirina M. Vallejos
  • Sara A. Quandt
  • Thomas A. Arcury

This chapter reviews the literature that documents the condition of farmworker housing in the eastern United States. Significant discrepancies exist between farmworkers' and the general population's exposure to hazardous housing conditions. Although documentation of health effects of farmworkers' substandard housing is scarce, research among other populations demonstrates effects farmworkers are likely to experience. Regulations that apply to employer-provided temporary labor camps for farmworkers are deficient compared with standards for the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program. Housing standards for rural private market housing and for employer-provided farmworker housing need to be strengthened and better enforced. Although several programs that provide housing assistance to farmworkers exist, they have the capacity to provide assistance to only a small portion of farmworkers who live in substandard housing. Additional programs and resources are needed to address the housing needs of farmworkers.


Housing Condition Housing Unit Mobile Home Rural Housing Migrant Farmworker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quirina M. Vallejos
    • 1
  • Sara A. Quandt
    • 2
  • Thomas A. Arcury
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Associate in the Department of Family and Community MedicineWake Forest University School of Medicine USA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and Prevention Division of Public Health Sciences,Department of Family and Community MedicineWake Forest University School of Medicine USA
  3. 3.Department of Family and Community MedicineWake Forest University School of MedicineUSA

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