Education Programs

Research Relating to Housing, Homelessness, and the Education of Children

September 24, 2021

There is substantial research demonstrating the negative effect of homelessness on the academic development of children. Below are current research reports and analysis that helps provide input when THA designs and implements its programs:

Research Relating to the Effects of Mobility on School Achievement

Research from the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)

Research Related to How Housing Affects Education Outcomes for Low-Income Students

Improving education outcomes for low-income children is a topic of pressing concerns for researchers, policymakers, and educators, especially in light that over time, the widening gap in test scores between rich and poor families and the growing divide between these groups in completed schooling hinder the socioeconomic mobility of low-income children.

Research Related to Housing Insecurity for U.S. College Students

Over the past decade and a half, surging college enrollment in the United States has opened opportunities for millions of Americans. Today, more than 70 percent of Americans enroll at a four-year college. Low-income students have accounted for much of this new enrollment, although college-going has dropped following the Great Recession.

Homelessness and Housing Instability: The Impact on Education Outcomes

A growing body of empirical research links homelessness and housing instability to negative education outcomes.

Building a Culture of Education Success Through Housing

In January 2014, NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks) embarked on a partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to conduct a national scan of strategies that utilize affordable housing as a platform for educational success. The scan focused on identifying promising programs that are:

  1. Sponsored by a housing development;
  2. Focused on educational outcomes; and
  3. Have demonstrated effectiveness.

The project was guided by several principles about the potential for housing providers to make a contribution to educational outcomes, by offering:

  • Space that could be used to create safe, constructive out-of-school environments;
  • A target population of children who would benefit from additional academic supports; and
  • Access to families that could facilitate parent engagement and two-generation approaches.