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December 9, 2013 / Christian Clansky

What Funders Need to Know: The Connection Between Education and Housing

Communities thrive when people are housed comfortably, safely, and affordably. This is especially true for children. And when children thrive, their educational and other outcomes are more likely to be positive.

In our latest edition of What Funders Need to Know, we look at the connection between stable housing and educational outcomes. Did you know:

– Frequent moves are the most significant barrier to academic success, as they disrupt both students and teachers. Students on the move need extra time and attention to get caught up, requiring teachers to spend more time with those students.

Students who are unable to find stable shelter have difficulty meeting state or district mandates regarding the number of days they must attend school to stay enrolled.

– Often, the slow transfer of student records, along with differing course requirements from school to school, complicates the accrual of sufficient credits for homeless students to be promoted and receive a high school diploma.

Across the nation, and especially in our region, more and more children are experiencing housing instability and homelessness. What can philanthropy do to prevent a chain reaction that starts with unstable housing, leads to poor educational outcomes, and continues to create life-long barriers to opportunity? We have some suggestions.


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