Housing Insecurity in Tucson and Beyond: A Case Study of Manufactured Housing

Authors: Laura McCann*, University of Arizona School of Geography, Development & Environment, Robert Hibberd*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Mark Kear, University of Arizona School of Geography, Development & Environment
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, United States
Keywords: manufactured housing, housing vulnerability, housing insecurity, mixed methods, PCA
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 6
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How can we measure and map the dynamics of housing insecurity to better design policy interventions and facilitate inter-urban comparison? With this paper we advance a novel method for indexing and mapping housing insecurity using manufactured housing (MH) in Pima County as a test case. MH has unique characteristics that can make its residents more vulnerable than those who live in site-built housing for cultural, historical and legal reasons. Our combination of heuristic mapping and qualitative interview and survey data coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) will facilitate comparative assessment of MH housing insecurity across Tucson’s peer cities. Our index will also enable hypothesis testing about various predictors of MH insecurity, including demographic-change indicators (e.g. aging and immigration status). By incorporating qualitative interview and survey data, our paper will also inform efforts to better integrate qualitative and quantitative methods in the study of housing insecurity.

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