Moving to Educational Opportunity: A Housing Demonstration to Improve School Outcomes

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Moving to Educational Opportunity: A Housing Demonstration to Improve School Outcomes

Abstract

Many families receiving housing subsidies move to neighborhoods with low-performing, high-poverty schools. This paper presents a housing mobility demonstration that seeks to improve the educational outcomes of students in such families. Incorporating lessons from education and housing research, this randomized-control trial demonstration provides subsidized households with prescreened lists of available housing in neighborhoods with high-quality, low-poverty schools. It aims to help households marry school and housing decisions and to lower the barriers that constrain their choices. This paper reviews literature on residential and school choice decision-making, and presents the demonstration's interventions, site selection criteria, evaluation methodology, and estimated costs.

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