May 15th, 2019
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. Among them, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) are partnering with local community colleges to provide financial support for residents and housing insecure college students, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is facilitating the college application and enrollment process among young residents, and theColumbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the Louisville Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) are following a dual generation approach to ensure young parents can graduate with a degree.
"Eliminating Barriers to Postsecondary Success," a new reportfrom CLPHA, with support from The Kresge Foundation, elevates 11 shared learnings from a recent convening of these five pioneering PHAs and their postsecondary collaborators, and offers a series of recommendations to policy makers, PHAs, and philanthropic organizations seeking to develop emerging cross-sector collaborations between housing and education organizations.
The report also includes an overview of the federal policies that support and limit postsecondary achievement for students served by PHAs, and profiles of the five partnerships: CHA and partners City Colleges of Chicago and One Million Degrees; CMHA and partnerColumbus State Community College; HACLA and partner Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN); LMHA and partner Family Scholar House; and THA and partner Tacoma Community College.