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Tierra Y LibertadLand, Liberty, and Latino Housing$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791257

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791257.001.0001

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(p.29) 3 Fields of Dreams

(p.29) 3 Fields of Dreams

Farm Worker Housing

(p.29) 3 Fields of Dreams
Tierra Y Libertad

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

This chapter completes the examination of the transformation in rural settings of what was once extensive ownership by Mexicans of land in the U.S. Southwest by surveying the miserable state of housing today for farm workers, a group disproportionately comprised of Latino/as and especially of Latino/a immigrants. Many are young, with no savings that might make possible a home purchase or even a rental security deposit. Their meager incomes lead to precarious housing that has persisted for decades despite federal, state, local, and private efforts to confront failures in ensuring farm workers housing affordability and habitability.

Keywords:   farm workers, housing, Latino/as

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