Housing Is Education

CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative recognizes the key role public housing authorities can play in a variety of educational efforts benefiting both low-income children and adults. Research has shown that housing stability has a significant impact on children’s school performance and long-term outcomes, such as graduation rates and post-secondary activities. Housing authorities are actively exploring how they can align with and add value to local approaches that aim to improve educational outcomes.

  • Housing authorities are providing additional support for residents’ education, from early childhood through adult learning opportunities. Some of these efforts are provided by the housing authority, such as through initiatives to improve attendance; others are joint efforts with partners, such as offering after-school programming on-site or digital literacy classes.
  • With support from the Housing Is initiative and other partners, housing authorities are using research to inform their work, as well as conducting program evaluation of their own initiatives to contribute to the field.
  • CLPHA works with a wide range of education partners at the national, regional, and state level to support the testing of innovative ideas and implementation of evidence-based best practices aligning education and housing.
  • Housing Is conducts advocacy efforts such as working with Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) office to write the AHEAD Act, a bill that would incentivize partnerships between different sectors to improve educational outcomes.
  • Some of our current areas of focus are: data sharing, out-of-school time; family engagement, two-generation initiatives, homelessness, early childhood, and connectivity.

Please contact CLPHA’s Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives Abra Lyons-Warren (abra@clpha.org) with inquiries about our housing and education work.

RESOURCE: McKinney-Vento Liaison Contacts  for CLPHA Member PHAs

This resource aims to foster strong partnerships between CLPHA member PHAs and McKinney-Vento liaisons to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness.

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Innovative public housing authorities (PHAs) are collaborating with college access partners and community colleges to increase postsecondary educational achievement for low-income residents and college students experiencing homelessness. Learn more in CLPHA's report "Eliminating Barriers to Postsecondary Success: Cross-Sector Collaborations to Improve Postsecondary Achievement for Students Served by Public Housing Authorities.

Housing Is Education News
4.11.19
From the New Haven Independent: High-schoolers will now be able to take real college courses right inside their high schools. That’s the result of a new partnership between New Haven Public Schools and Southern Connecticut University that was inked on Thursday morning inside Hillhouse High School’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.
4.11.19
CLPHA’s Education Working Group hosted a webinar this week on“Growing Support for Out-of-School-Time at Your PHA,” which featured strategies for engaging in advocacy efforts to build support for housing and afterschool programs at the local and state level.
4.11.19
Education Dive Magazine took an in-depth look at the innovative partnership between the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and Tacoma Public Schools (TPS). The program offers housing assistance to low-income families in order to enable children to stay in their same schools from year to year, thereby stabilizing students' attendance and improving their educational outcomes.

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