Research and Data

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. Below are current research reports and analysis that helps provide input when THA designs and implements its programs:

Scholars Savings Program [PDF]
El Monte Promise Foundation, 2014

Building A CSA Program That Empowers Families To Invest In Higher Education [PDF]
Inversant, 2015

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

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

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

Stable Housing and Education Go Hand in Hand [PDF]
Building Changes, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

List of Citations [PDF]
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2014

Research Relating to the Effects of Mobility on School Achievement

Review of Literature on the Effect of Mobility on School Achievement [PDF]
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2013

Research from  the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)

Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness [PDF]
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities

Bringing Education Home: Education is essential to transcending poverty and achieving economic mobility [PDF]
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities 

Research Related to 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.

How Housing Mobility Affects Education Outcomes for Low-Income Children [PDF]

Research Related to 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.

Barriers to Success: Housing Insecurity for U.S. College Students [PDF]
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2015

Homelessness and Housing Instability: The Impact on Education Outcomes

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

Homelessness and Housing Instability: The Impact of Education Outcomes [PDF]
Urban Institute, 2014

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. The project was guided by several principles about the potential for housing providers to make a contribution to educational outcomes, by offering:

  • Space that could be used to create safe, constructive out-of-school environments;
  • A target population of children who would benefit from additional academic supports; and
  • Access to families that could facilitate parent engagement and two-generation approaches.
Building a Culture of Educational Success Through Housing [PDF]

NeighborWorks America by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, 2014