Migrant farmworkers' housing conditions across an agricultural season in North Carolina
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 54, Issue 7, pages 533–544, July 2011
How to Cite
Vallejos, Q. M., Quandt, S. A., Grzywacz, J. G., Isom, S., Chen, H., Galván, L., Whalley, L., Chatterjee, A. B. and Arcury, T. A. (2011), Migrant farmworkers' housing conditions across an agricultural season in North Carolina. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 533–544. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20945
- Issue published online: 31 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 DEC 2010
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Grant Number: R01-ES008739
- migrant farmworker;
- housing conditions;
- substandard housing;
- housing standards;
Several studies have documented poor housing conditions for farmworkers but none has focused on migrant farmworker housing, which is often provided as a condition of employment. Farmworker housing quality is regulated, but little documentation exists of compliance with regulations.
A 2007 survey of 43 randomly selected farmworker camps and a 2008 survey of 27 camps randomly selected from the 2007 sample documented housing conditions via interviewer administered questionnaire and housing checklist.
Substandard conditions are common in migrant housing. All camps had at least one exterior housing problem; 93% had at least one interior problem. Housing conditions worsen across the agricultural season. Characteristics including no residents with H2A visa and 11 or more residents are associated with poorer conditions.
Housing standards are not adequately enforced. An increase in post-occupancy inspections and targeting camps with characteristics that place them at increased risk for substandard conditions are recommended. Am. J. Ind. Med. 54:533–544, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.