Affordable, stable, and safe housing is foundational to individual and family well-being. Children who grow up in safe and stable housing are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn, succeed in elementary and middle school, and graduate from high school. Adults living in stable housing are more likely to complete post-secondary training and obtain and keep high-quality employment. And lower-income individuals living in mixed-income neighborhoods tend to experience better outcomes at all life stages.

Why are these outcomes important?

Strong and healthy families: A safe and stable home environment creates the foundation for all mobility outcomes. Children who grow up in families with sufficient financial resources, stable housing arrangements, and good physical and mental health are more likely to experience positive economic mobility outcomes at every stage of their lives.

Supportive communities: Neighborhoods influence family well-being, shape social networks, and determine access to economic opportunity. Individuals living in healthy, safe, well-resourced neighborhoods are more likely to experience positive outcomes at every life stage.

Which outcome are you hoping to focus on?

Strong and healthy families

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Eviction, displacement, and homelessness prevention
  • Home ownership programs
  • Housing quality programs

Supportive communities

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Affordable housing creation and preservation
  • Environmental remediation programs
  • Home ownership programs

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