Education | How Housing Matters

Improving Academic Outcomes

Where a family lives can have a profound effect on a child’s education.

REDUCE CHILDHOOD MOVES
Frequent or unplanned childhood moves reduce achievement and can set whole classrooms behind.
EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES
Inclusionary zoning can strengthen low-income children's education by opening access to economically diverse schools.
INVEST IN CHILD ENRICHMENT
Low-income families who pay 30% of income on housing spend more on their child enrichment than families with higher or lower housing costs.
REDUCE CHILDHOOD MOVES
Frequent or unplanned childhood moves reduce achievement and can set whole classrooms behind.
EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES
Inclusionary zoning can strengthen low-income children's education by opening access to economically diverse schools.
INVEST IN CHILD ENRICHMENT
Low-income families who pay 30% of income on housing spend more on their child enrichment than families with higher or lower housing costs.

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Any move during childhood was associated with nearly 1/2 of a year loss in educational attainment
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Percentage of income spent on housing that is associated with the greatest spending on child enrichment
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Percentage of eighth grade residents that the Tacoma Housing Authority has enrolled in Washington state’s college scholarship program
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Any move during childhood was associated with nearly 1/2 of a year loss in educational attainment
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Percentage of income spent on housing that is associated with the greatest spending on child enrichment
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Percentage of eighth grade residents that the Tacoma Housing Authority has enrolled in Washington state’s college scholarship program
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