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Educational outcomes for children

Policy tools and guidance on LocalHousingSolutions.org can help local communities create high-quality, stable, and affordable homes that set the stage for educational achievement.

Housing and education

This brief reviews how investments in quality, affordable housing and neighborhood conditions can yield significant educational benefits for children. Read the brief.

Brief: Improving educational outcomes for children

Children’s academic achievement can be strongly affected by conditions at home and in the surrounding neighborhood. This brief introduces policies that support development and operation of high-quality, affordable housing that allows children to focus on their education and avoid unplanned moves that disrupt school attendance. The brief also describes ways to promote development of affordable housing in resource-richA term to define neighborhoods that offer abundant amenities, such as access to quality schools and public libraries, streets and parks that are free from violence and provide a safe place to play, and fresh and healthy food. While we refer to these areas as “resource-rich,” some cities, towns, and counties use the term “opportunity areas” instead. We have chosen to use the term “resource-rich areas” to avoid a suggestion that residents of low-income neighborhoods can access opportunity only by moving to higher-income areas. neighborhoods that provide access to high-quality schools and enrichment activities.  Read the brief.

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