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Publications in this section highlight the many ways in which affordable housing can help advance other important community objectives, such as good health, educational achievement, individual asset building, and economic development. The Center’s work in this area seeks both to clarify and document the benefits of affordable housing and to suggest ways to structure affordable housing to better achieve these broader goals.
As an update to previous literature reviews in 2007 and 2011, the authors recently reviewed the academic research on the various ways in which the production, rehabilitation, or other provision of affordable housing may affect educational outcomes for children. This research review is organized around a series of hypotheses which have been investigated by academic and non-academic housing and other researchers. For this updated summary, new sources and summaries of recent research have been added to supplement previous research findings, and additional research areas have been included. The primary goal of this review is to provide policymakers and practitioners with key findings from the research on the link between housing and education in order to inform partners, advocate for policy change, and build support across the housing and education communities.
A Profile of the McCarver Elementary School Special Housing Program in Tacoma, Washington
This case study, one of three prepared by the Center for Housing Policy presented at the National Building Museum's How Housing Matters Conference, looks at how secure and affordable housing can provide a platform for children's educational success.
The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, a brief by Senior Research Associate Maya Brennan, uncovers a wealth of research suggesting that stable, affordable housing provides children with enhanced opportunities for educational success. The brief reviews literature showing that the supportive and stable home environment encouraged by high-quality, affordable housing often leads to better educational outcomes.
The report finds that low-income families move much more frequently than the general population. While reasons for moving vary, the data and interviews of low-income families show that moves resulting from unplanned or involuntary circumstances, such as an eviction or foreclosure, and moves that occur one after another as part of a pattern of frequent mobility tend to have negative impacts on child and family welfare, such as increased school absenteeism and a higher incidence of neighborhood problems.