Research has shown that housing stability has a significant impact on children’s school performance. Housing authorities provide families with housing stability in public housing or with vouchers, yet the educational achievements of children in those households do not always show the positive effect of that stability.
Given this paradox, many housing authorities are exploring how they can leverage their housing assistance to provide additional support for residents’ education. There are a wide range of educational needs, strategies and approaches being applied across the country. Housing authorities are figuring out how they can align with and add value to local approaches to improving educational outcomes. Some have considered the continuum of need from early childhood to graduation to college or career and have found a particular point where they can actually add value and support the age-specific, developmental needs of students. Others have taken a more broad-based approach, finding points of impact throughout the continuum.
The following are some common strategies for engagement in educational initiatives. They may be applied independently or in combination, depending on local circumstances.
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