Brief Housing as a Platform for Improving Education Outcomes among Low-Income Children
Mary K. Cunningham, Graham MacDonald
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This policy framing paper is one of three that explores the potential for housing combined with support services to create better outcomes for vulnerable populations. Many experts believe that housing can be a platform for academic achievement among low-income students by providing a stable environment where children access high-performing schools and succeed academically. While existing evidence links a lack of safe, high quality housing with low academic performance, little research explores how housing can be a positive pathway to achieving better school outcomes. The authors develop a field building research scheme that addresses this gap to help inform policymakers and practitioners working to meet the needs of this at-risk group. This framing paper is part of a series of field-building research agendas produced under the What Works Collaborative. More information can be found on the What Works Collaborative web page.
Research Areas Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Housing markets K-12 education Homelessness Neighborhoods and youth development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center