Housing Conditions of Immigrants and Refugees in OC: An Analysis of the Inequitable Distribution of Housing Cost Burden and Overcrowding

A residential street in Newport Beach is lined with several condominiums of different sizes.
Photo by Ken Lund

A shortage of housing or a lack of designated affordable housing are often common ways to assess the housing crisis, but there are many other factors that can provide insight into the housing crisis that are often overlooked, including overcrowding and housing cost burden.

Orange County’s immigrant and refugee populations, especially within low-income communities, have been disproportionately affected by the housing crisis and their housing conditions reflect those differences. Therefore, it is important that efforts to alleviate the impacts of the housing crisis on local immigrant and refugee communities go beyond just increased construction or designating more affordable housing units.