Education & Housing

Education advocates ARE housing advocates

Teachers know that children learn better and are more likely to graduate when they live in a stable, affordable home

Affordable housing options located in economically diverse neighborhoods can lead to economically diverse schools which consistently drive strong student outcomes for all children.

Even when optimized with high expectations, strong curriculum, and expert instruction, today's schools have not proven powerful enough by themselves to compensate for the disadvantages associated with poverty. The exceptions have not proven a new rule, though some practices have shown promise. The gaps, on average, persist. After 20 years of school reform experience, the data don't lie.

Paul Reville, former Massachusetts Secretary of Education

Stable, affordable housing drives stronger student outcomes

Out-of-school factors greatly influence academic outcomes. After all, children spend more time in and around their home than they do in school.

Low income children who switch schools frequently due to housing instability or homelessness tend to perform less well in school, have learning disabilities and behavioral problems, and are less likely to graduate from high school.

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