Farmworker Housing in the United States and Its Impact on Health

Sara A. Quandt, Carol Brooke, Kathleen Fagan, Allyson Howe, Thomas K. Thornburg, Stephen A Mccurdy

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Farmworkers in the United States occupy a range of housing, including both on- and off-farm family and communal dwellings. As the farmworker population is becoming more settled, housing needs are changing. Existing regulations designed originally for grower-supplied migrant housing may need to be expanded. Much of farmworker housing is in poor condition, and likely linked to negative mental and physical health outcomes of residents because of exposures to crowding; mold, mildew, and other allergens; pesticides; and structural deficiencies. The existing research literature, both on housing conditions and their associations with farmworker health, is sparse, and large areas of the country and significant domains of health are omitted. This paper reviews this literature and formulates research and policy recommendations for addressing these deficiencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-286
Number of pages24
JournalNew solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • environmental health
  • housing
  • migrant labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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