Housing Vouchers Alone Do Not Connect Kids to Strong Schools | How Housing Matters

Housing Vouchers Alone Do Not Connect Kids to Strong Schools

February 05, 2015  
 
 
 

Research shows the Housing Choice Voucher Program helps households afford decent and safe housing. It significantly reduces the likelihood that a family will be homeless, double up with other families, or live in a crowded apartment. But the Housing Choice Voucher program was also created, in part, to help low-income households reach a broader range of neighborhoods and schools. This goal has been elusive, according to a research brief based on the paper “Do Housing Choice Voucher Holders Live Near Good Schools?

Major findings:

  • Housing Choice Voucher holders on average live near lower-performing schools than those living in housing developed with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
  • Housing Choice Voucher holders on average live near lower-performing schools than poor families overall, except those living in public housing.
  • Constrained housing choices, due to both racial segregation and overall tightness of the rental market, may be one reason that voucher holders live nearer lower-performing schools.
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Author: Keren Mertens Horn, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Amy Ellen Schwartz
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