Housing Is helps broaden and deepen efforts to align housing, education, and health organizations to produce positive long-term outcomes for those experiencing poverty. Collaboration across systems and sectors—through shared goals, focused resources, and coordinated efforts—strengthens our collective ability to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families effectively and efficiently.
Public housing offers many low-income children, families, and seniors critical stability, but fragmented service delivery systems and siloed policymaking often fail to address social determinants of low-income individuals and families holistically. This often results in stagnant effectiveness and costly inefficiencies.
CLPHA leads the affordable housing industry as a convener of partners across sectors who are committed to aligning different systems and developing interdisciplinary programs to address a variety of essential needs in communities across the country. From promoting data sharing and shared accountability to encouraging cross-sector training and evidence-based interventions, our work fosters improved, sustained alignment and collaboration.
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.
Public housing residents are not only economically disenfranchised, but also experience higher rates of chronic conditions and diagnoses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and anxiety/depression. PHAs and their health partners can improve low-income people’s health and wellbeing by enhancing built environments, providing preventative health resources, and increasing access to healthcare services.
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.
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.
Two new housing bills impacting PHAs were recently introduced. The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 (H.R. 1856), introduced by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Housing Financial Services Committee, would appropriate $13.27 billion in mandatory emergency relief funding over five years to several federal housing programs and initiatives.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute recently released their 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report, which illustrates the health impact of a wide range of factors heavily influenced by where people live including health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment, and social and environmental factors.