Minneapolis program aims to address student housing insecurity
By Shawna De La Rosa | September 9th, 2019
For instance, Tacoma Public Schools in Washington teamed up with the Tacoma Housing Authority to create options to do just that.
Situated in a gentrifying neighborhood, the district’s McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma now provides five-year housing vouchers so students can continue to attend the school. In exchange, parents must attend all parent-teacher conferences and participate in education-related school events.
The Tacoma Housing Authority also helps provide stable housing for formerly homeless college students. Students that qualify for the program can stay in the affordable apartments for four years, even if they graduate before the four years expires. In 2014, 14% of University of Washington Tacoma’s students were housing insecure, which means they lived in overcrowded apartments, were unable to pay rent or utilities, or were homeless.