From the NY Times:
About 43 percent of all Mexican immigrant households are overcrowded, compared with an average of 15 percent of all immigrant households and 9 percent of households in the general population, according to the report, titled “Housing the City of Immigrants.” The study also finds that about 35 percent of Mexican households spend more than half their income on rent, compared with 26 percent of all immigrant households and 24 percent of all households combined.
The report suggests that the relatively poor housing experience of many Mexicans is a function in part of the population’s newness to New York and their low income levels.
Those immigrant groups that have been in the city for a longer period of time tend to have better access to subsidized and public housing, the report said. In addition, Mexicans, particularly men who have immigrated alone to the United States for work, will crowd apartments to save money, especially if they live in neighborhoods where affordable housing is scarce, scholars say.
Among its other intriguing observations, the report noted that while home ownership rose from one generation to the next — to 44 percent of all second-generation immigrant households from 31 percent of first-generation households — the increase was even sharper among low-income immigrants, rising to 34 percent among second-generation households from 17 percent among first-generation households.
While the authors did not suggest a reason for this difference, David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Immigration Research Initiative at the Fiscal Policy Institute, said it could partly reflect the fact that some low-income immigrants were “pushed prematurely into home ownership by predatory lending.”