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This report examines the many pathways by which foreclosures are taking a toll on individual and community health. The consequences of the foreclosure crisis spreading most rapidly in low-income communities of color extend well beyond individual families being forced to leave their homes. Neighborhoods pockmarked by vacant housing are struggling with increased crime and violence. Social bonds are broken as families leave the neighborhood, leaving the entire community less prepared to deal with problems. School stability is threatened as families are forced to move out. The report highlights the health impacts of foreclosure and offers strategies to reduce or eliminate foreclosure's negative health outcomes.
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Forclosures in Alameda County
By Thomas Schlenker
Lengthy and sophisticated report on forclosures in Alameda County that identifies census block tracts in Oakland with highest forclosure and pending forclosure rates and demonstrates, by means of tenant interviews, both individual and community health impacts. Most impressive is what high forclosures rates do to neighborhoods: property values decreased by 60-70%, board ups become drug houses, increased crime/violence, social cohesion destroyed. Various macro-economic and regulatory recommendatins offered but what is most convincing is the need for neighbhorhood-based organization and response/