Affordable Housing and Education Action Agenda

Thank you for your willingness to take part in truly groundbreaking work aimed at breaking down silos to better link the housing and education sectors, the ultimate goal being improving the life outcomes of low-income children.

We all agree that the importance of this unprecedented effort to bring together so many concerned groups to exchange ideas cannot be overstated. But the essential work that must be done to achieve our goals won’t happen unless you join our community of practice and help build this exciting movement.

To help move this work forward, we have an action agenda, developed with the assistance of participants in our summit and related symposium and our partner, the Council of the Great City Schools.

Please review this action agenda and agree to accomplish one or more of the items on the list.

As this work continues to grow and evolve, we will need your input every step of the way.For that, we must stay connected in this new network of sharing that will only be as strong as your connection to it.

Thank you, again, for being part of an effort that holds the promise of reshaping for the better the lives of millions of young people, the families and communities of which they are a part, and the larger society we all share.


•    Educators, housing providers, human service agencies, elected leaders, funders and other stakeholders at all levels of governance are committed to ensuring that every child has access to stable, affordable housing and a quality education to improve their life outcomes
•    Education and housing partnerships are the norm, producing effective alignment of affordable housing and homelessness systems with early learning, school-based and out-of-school education systems to serve children and their families
•    As a result, all children have stable housing and learning support to succeed in school, graduate and become self-sufficient, breaking the cycle of poverty

                                                                         Action Agenda

•    Promote local, state, and national dialogue between housing and education organizations, associations and networks

--    Create a visible identity for this campaign to focus on common message

•    Build a national community of practice with state and local hubs that can share lessons from alignment efforts with others and become a valued resource

--    Unified message of the concept presented to national orgs.
--    Housing, education, and other stakeholders represented (starting with pioneers and expanding)
--    Troubleshoot challenges
--    Support continuity during leadership transitions

•    Use the coalition to advocate for federal, state and local legislation, regulations and resources

--   Share legislative platforms and coordinate positions among housing and education agencies
--    Inform and obtain buy-in from education and housing advocates
--    Generate joint HUD/DOE guidance for PHAs and schools; review/revise existing regulations where necessary (e.g. FERPA exemptions)

•    Secure sustained financial support from public and private sources to institutionalize national and local collaboration

•    Continue developing promising practices

--  Quality early learning: Increasing child and parent access, participation and successful completion
--    Homeless students: Building political will for increased funding; increasing funding flexibility and targeting; improving information sharing
--   Parental engagement: developing a few, shared metrics; promoting a national conversation about building parents' human and social capital; increasing funding and flexibility
--   Out of school learning: creating/empowering local coordinating bodies (schools/housers/providers); developing shared standards and QA; building culturally competent provider capacity; integrating quality out-of-school learning standards into all contracts and programs

•    Research Priorities

--  Inventory the status of assisted housing-education systems alignment across the country
--  Define outcomes and build the evidence base on promising practices that leverage assisted housing for school success: place-based investments; early childhood support; out-of-school learning; family engagement; stability for homeless children (long-term studies)
--  Identify and test practices to help housing voucher families and children in contexts of housing choice and school choice
--  Develop metrics and methods to assess local readiness for housing-education partnerships
--  Develop methods for assessing joint interventions

                                                                             Action items

•     Join Our Community of Practice
--   Let us know we can add your organization's name to a list of supporters

•    Help Develop a Knowledge Base
--   Contribute content to our clearinghouse of research and best practices

•    Join a Working Group
--    Communications Working Group
           - Help us brand this movement
           - Volunteer your in-house designer for branding logo
--    Legislative Working Group
           -  Potential focus points: incentivize collaborations for housing and education grants, broadband as an utility allowance, MTW, Title I Portability, 21st Century Learning Grants, McKinney-Vento, School Improvement Grants
--    Research Working Group
          - Help us collect, analyze, and disseminate evidence-based practices for programmatic initiatives, metrics, and funding

Thanks to the individuals from the following groups who have signed onto our movement:

Afterschool Alliance        

National Housing Conference

Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation

The Oakland Housing Authority

Elm City Communities / Housing Authority of the City of New Haven

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Virgin Islands Housing Authority

Vancouver Housing Authority

Housing Authority City of Milwaukee

National Leased Housing Association

San Antonio Housing Authority

Summit Education Initiative

Tacoma Housing Authority

Seattle Housing Authority

Parents as Teachers National Center

Please direct questions to CLPHA Research & Policy Analyst Abra Lyons-Warren (202-638-1300).