Date of Award

Fall 2020

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Public Health, DPH


School of Community and Global Health

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Paula Palmer

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Bin Xie

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Jay Orr

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© 2020 Jovita Murillo


Displacement, Female Headed Households, Gentrification, Housing, Women and Children

Subject Categories

Gender and Sexuality | Public Health | Public Policy


Gentrification is the “in-migration of a relatively well-off, middle- and upper-middle-class population” into historically marginalized communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Matsuoka et al. 2017). Literature has repeatedly shown that gentrification is placing cost and rent-burdened residents at risk of displacement due to the hike in housing prices and rents. Most cost and rent burdened households are female-headed households caring for children without a spouse (FHHCCNS) (Colburn and Allen, 2018). Given there is a lack of literature describing the role of gender in gentrification, this descriptive study aims to describe the gentrification profile in Los Angeles using multiple indicators from place-based census track data including FHHCCNS. To gain an understanding of gentrification, a descriptive methodology is employed to show the role FHHCCNS play in gentrification. Census tract data is used to capture a descriptive snapshot of the current situation. Findings from this study show FHHCCNS are a significant indicator of gentrification. If gentrification continues, as seems likely, we need to improve the targeting of public health services and create policies to preserve and protect the displacement of women and their children. Measures are recommended to prevent them from displacement, eviction, and homelessness.