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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Sarah Robinson

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Professor Richard Burdekin

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Gentrification, characterized by the influx of young professionals into low-income neighborhoods, is reshaping communities across the US. This study investigates how gentrification impacts homelessness rates through the mechanisms of median housing values and educational attainment. Using a longitudinal design, data was gathered on census tracts and service planning areas located within Los Angeles County spanning 7 years (2011, 2013, and 2015 to 2019). Census tract data was categorized into gentrifiable and nongentrifiable subgroups to establish a more discernible cause-and-effect relationship. As hypothesized, the study results show that gentrification is associated with increased rates of homelessness through increased bachelor’s degree attainment. In contrast, in nongentrifiable areas, rising median housing values and bachelor’s degree attainment are associated with decreasing rates of homelessness. The aggregated regression analysis revealed insignificant results, suggesting the importance of looking into the gentrifiable and nongentrifiable as separate subsets of data. The findings offer valuable policy implications for policymakers, suggesting the need to address gentrification-induced homelessness alongside displacement prevention efforts. This includes implementing more homelessness intervention programs and seeking support from community groups. Future research is needed to determine the effects of gentrification on homelessness through the avenue of rising median housing values. Additional investigation must also be done to identify groups at the highest risk of gentrification-driven homelessness. The development of targeted solutions, especially among high-risk groups, is critical in preventing homelessness rates in gentrifying areas.

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