Reports & Research

Reports & Research

 

Community & the Arts

Arts Programming Literature Review

 

Tenant Protections

Tenant Protections of Good Cause and Extended Notice Requirements (August 22, 2018)

 

THA McCarver Elementary Special Housing Assistance Program Evaluation

 2012  Evaluation Report

Evaluation Design and Initial Findings (July 5, 2012)

Evaluation Design and Year One Findings (October 1, 2012)

 2013 Evaluation Report

Evaluation Design and Year Two Findings (January 30, 2014)

 2014 Evaluation Report

Evaluation Design and Year Three Findings (February 10, 2015)

See more on the Education Project webpage.

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

There is substantial research demonstrating the negative effect of homelessness on the academic development of children.

Review of Literature on the Effect of Mobility on School Achievement
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2009

The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: a Research Summary
Center for Housing Policy and National Housing Conference, 2011

Overview of Published Studies on the Characteristics and Needs of Homeless Families
National Center on Family Homelessness, 2007

Housing is an Essential Foundation for Children to Succeed in School
Building Changes, 2013

Housing and Early Education: Strategies for Bridging the Gap and Reducing Student Mobility
Strategies for Children, 2013

Housing is a Platform to meet ambitious Health and Education Goals in Washington State
Building Changes, 2013

THA’s McCarver Special Housing Program: Financial Benefit to Tacoma Public Schools
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2013

Beds Not Busses: Housing vs. Transportation for Homeless Students
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Collaboration With Columbia Legal Services, 2011

List of Citations
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2014

 

 

Research
 

A Study of Salishan's Purchase Market 2004-2015

This report was commissioned by the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), in an effort to better understand the real estate market dynamics and its effect upon a specific micro-market known as “Salishan”, which is located on the Eastside of Tacoma. 

 

Barriers to Success: 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.1 Low-income students have accounted for much of this new enrollment, although college-going has dropped following the Great Recession.

 

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 (i) sponsored by a housing development, (ii) focused on educational outcomes and (iii) have demonstrated effectiveness. 

 

Homelessness and Housing Instability: The Impact on Education Outcomes

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

 

Hope VI Close Out Evaluation 2010

In 2000, THA was awarded a $35 million HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to revitalize the original 855-unit, 188-acre public housing development in East Tacoma named Salishan. 

 

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.

 

Salishan Community Health Assessment (Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department 2009)

 

The Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF) has maintained a partnership with the Salishan community through the funding of healthy eating and active living programs such as the Community Kitchen Program. CHEF had pursued other funding opportunities for Salishan but was advised to complete a health assessment to gain a better perspective of the health issues at Salishan. In September 2009, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department was approached by CHEF to conduct a community health assessment for Salishan. 
 

Tacoma Housing Authority's Effort To Enroll Its Students In Washington State's College Bound Scholarship Program during School Years 2008-2009 through 2011-2013: An Assessment of a Public Housing Authority's Ability to Promote Education (Tacoma Housing Authority 2013)

In this report, THA reviews its efforts from the 2008-2009 to 2011-2013 school years to enroll students of its resident families in Washington State's College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program. 

 

THA Homeownership Outcome Report (2008)

This report will recount THA’s efforts to assist low income families in all of THA’s homeownership programs to date. THA homeownership programs began in 2003 when THA was awarded the 2002 HUD ROSS Homeownership Supportive Services grant. The Authority has added many homeownership program resources since that time including 136 homes for sale in Phase I of Salishan that it offered on the open market.

 

Review of its Homeownership Program (Tacoma Housing Authority 2008)

 

THA's homeownership programs spent considerable time and money helping its clients find and afford a home. Partly as a result of these efforts, 100 of the 855 displaced households moved into a home they bought. THA wished to know the outcomes of families from outside Salishan who participated in THA’s programs and who purchased homes.

 

Review of Its Katrina Relief Plan 2006 (Tacoma Housing Authority 2006)

In August 2005, in the days following Hurricane Katrina, the levees failed in New Orleans. The resulting flooding caused the greatest loss of housing in American history from a single event. It was the most extensive destruction of an American city since the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. It also displaced thousands of households across the United States. Some of them landed in Tacoma. In response, THA and other organizations in Pierce County collaborated to receive them. It was a test of THA’s ability to provide emergency housing and supportive services, something it is not set up to do. In all, 107 households sought assistance from the Pierce County collaboration. Forty (40) received housing. After the excitement was over, THA examined how well it performed in the emergency. This report describes its experience and offers its assessment.

 

Quadrant Homes: Assessment of Diversity at Salishan and New Home Communities in Washington (Fair Housing Center of Washington 2007)

Quadrant Homes was the homebuilder partner with THA for most of the single-family homes in Phase I of the Salishan Redevelopment. In its marketing efforts, THA and Quadrant sought a racially diverse pool of potential purchasers for all homes in Phase I. In this report, the Fair Housing Center of Washington assessed the results of these efforts. As the report indicates, the efforts were quite successful. In recognition of these efforts and their success, the Center awarded THA its Housing Justice Award for 2008.

 

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.