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How Housing and Education Providers Can Collaborate

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute has released a new report on partnerships between housing and education providers. Developing Housing and Education Partnerships: Lessons from the Field examines how collaboration, data-sharing, and housing-based programs can improve learning outcomes. The report draws lessons from case studies in three locations: Akron, Ohio; Vancouver, WA; and New Haven, CT.

The report outlines seven components central to a successful collaboration:

  • Shared goals and joint strategies
  • Effective leaders and staff members
  • Partnerships with strong service providers
  • Flexible funding sources
  • Promising programs and services
  • Data for decision-making
  • Systems and protocols for coordination

In New Haven, a partnership called Elm City Believes has been formed between Elm City Communities (previously the Housing Authority of New Haven) and the New Haven Public Schools. Elm City Believes has used Moving toWork funding flexibility and a Connecticut antitruancy grant to establish support services, learning labs, and programming.

Click here to read the full report. 



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