Next Steps for the Seattle Housing Authority-Seattle Public Schools Partnership

Research Report

Next Steps for the Seattle Housing Authority-Seattle Public Schools Partnership

Assessing Progress for a Strong and Innovative Partnership

Abstract

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.

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