Most economic analysts point to the millions of families that have been uprooted through foreclosure since the bursting of the Housing bubble in 2008, but very few have looked into the impacts of the children who have seen their lives change, and what the future holds for them as they continue to grow up.
Children are the often invisible victims of the foreclosure crisis. Mortgage records do not tell how many children are in owner-occupied homes, and it is even harder to estimate the number of children in rental properties. Yet foreclosure affects not just the homeowner or landlord, but also the children living in the foreclosed properties. This brief combines state-by-state estimates on foreclosures with Census Bureau data on the living arrangements of families with children to generate estimates of the numbers of children affected by the mortgage crisis. It also synthesizes research bearing on the negative effects of foreclosure on children’s schooling and overall well-being and outlines some possible policy responses. - Brookings Institute