Research Report Next Steps for the Seattle Housing Authority-Seattle Public Schools Partnership
Assessing Progress for a Strong and Innovative Partnership
Martha M. Galvez, Megan Gallagher, Maya Brennan
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Since 2014, a five-year planning and implementation grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has allowed the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to deepen their relationship and expand their collaborative efforts to focus on a comprehensive, systems-level partnership. SHA and SPS provide very different services, yet they share a common clientele and desire to ensure low-income children have equal access to educational and economic mobility opportunities. Housing and school partnerships are a nascent field, and the SHA-SPS partnership’s explicit investment and emphasis on systems-level collaboration is unique from other efforts nationally. The partners have built a solid foundation for a productive, sustainable partnership through thoughtful planning and capacity building. This report outlines four sets of recommendations for implementation to help SHA and SPS prioritize their planned activities. A companion report, Measuring Progress for the Seattle Housing Authority–Seattle Public Schools Partnership, provides additional guidance on how the partnership can measure ongoing progress.

Research Areas Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth
Tags K-12 education School-based partnerships and services
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
States Washington
Counties King County
Cities Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA