Focus on the Educational Needs of Children Living in Publicly Supported Homes
Crystal Wojciechowski, PHADA Policy Analyst
The Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), an independent, nonprofit research center of HAI Group dedicated to promoting the importance of affordable housing, released its recent research spotlight. The spotlight, A Platform to Learn: How Housing Programs Can Support the Educational Needs of Children Living in Publicly Supported Homes, examines the educational needs of children living in publicly supported homes, assesses school quality and how to promote school success, and highlights innovative ways that housing-centered education programs and partnerships can help children reach their academic goals.
According to the report, more than one-third of low-income children in the United States live in a home that is made affordable through a federal housing assistance program such as public housing, the Low Income Housing Tax credit (LIHTC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rental assistance programs, or the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Since adults who seek out and subsequently enter these programs tend to be among the nation’s most disadvantaged, or have experienced significant life setbacks, children living in publicly supported homes face more barriers to achieving their educational goals than their peers, on average. The report notes that despite these additional challenges, housing can serve as a platform to better meet the needs of children and families receiving assistance. Housing authorities and other housing providers are leveraging innovation and local partnerships to help assisted children thrive in school and beyond.
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