TABLE H.1  Suggested Additional Decennial Census Questions on Housing Condition

Census Question

Data Need Addressed

During the past year, have all the toilets in this housing unit been broken for 6 hours or more?

Availability of adequate toilet and wastewater disposal

During the past year have plumbing problems prevented you from using a sink, bath, or shower for longer than 6 hours?

Presence of adequate plumbing system

Were you uncomfortably cold last winter for more than 24 hours because of problems affording or operating heating equipment in your home?

Affordability and operation of heating system

Did your heating equipment last winter break down at least 3 times for 6 hours or more?

Adequate maintenance and repair of heating equipment

Does your home have any exposed wiring?

Presence of serious electrical hazards

Does your home have any room where all the electrical outlets do not work?

Adequate maintenance and operation of electrical system

Did you have water leaks in your home because the roof remained unrepaired for longer than 3 months?

Adequate roof construction and maintenance

Did you have water leaks in your home because the windows, walls, or doors remained unrepaired for longer than 3 months?

Soundness of structure and maintenance (other than roof)

 

Source: Geiger (1994).



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