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7 Ways Affordable Housing Affects Education, Backed by Research

February 05, 2015  

Housing matters to children’s education, and a growing body of research explores exactly how. A 2014 literature review from the Center for Housing Policy distilled 7 ways that affordable housing affects education. The research presented in the report shows that affordable housing can support children’s education by:

  1. Reducing the frequency of disruptive moves.
  2. Helping families move to communities with higher quality schools.
  3. Reducing overcrowding and other sources of housing-related stress.
  4. Helping families avoid housing-related health hazards, which in turn affect education.
  5. Supporting holistic community development, including new or improved schools, tutoring, and strong out-of-school-time programs.
  6. Reducing homelessness among families with children.
  7. Supporting parental spending on child enrichment activities.

The report emphasizes that both the housing unit itself and its location matter. “Neighborhood, school district, job market, crime rates, and other characteristics of the location may be as important for households as the particular unit itself.” Some housing policies support education by improving housing quality, stability, and affordability wherever a child lives; others offer low-income families access to strong neighborhoods and schools by ensuring all income groups have access to quality places. There is no single right answer, but there are numerous evidence-based solutions.

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Author: Maya Brennan, Patrick Reed, Lisa A. Sturtevant
Publication Date: November 2014
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    Corrine Mckeever
    Posted 4 years ago

    We need more handicapped homes in Washington,DC . Being a handicap senior with a grandson that has special needs,there is no where in my home town that we cannot find a home place to live that is affordable with handicap housing needs.Because my grandson is with me I can’t go to a senior building with him.I am so unhappy because every time the fire alarm go off I am afraid I am going to burn up in here on the third floor. I wish is to have a handicap home.then they never have money for the deposit so then that shut you out,it is all about money,not about helping people that are in need that don’t have the income level, they just don’t understand because they have money they have a nice home.So why can’t everyone in need should too. That is the rightful thing to do. People in position need to don’t forget where you come from.Do the right thing. May God help you and may there be peace all over the world.

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