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How Housing Can Help Close Our Achievement Gap - Register Now!


Join us at the Lyceum on April 17th to learn about:

Mt. Laurel’s Promise In Connecticut:
How Housing Can Help Close Our Achievement Gap


Affordable and mixed-income housing in high-resource communities provides families and children with opportunity. In Mt. Laurel, NJ, where the state Supreme Court said communities can’t use their zoning power to exclude low-income families, two decades of success show that inclusionary zoning and affordability in high-resource municipalities offers proven benefits to the families living there. Massey’s findings are consistent with previous research. But how should Connecticut policymakers proceed? How much can affordable homes in the right locations help? What programs are in place already and which are needed? How should housing be integrated with other strategies for enhancing classroom achievement? And how should we use scarce resources to ensure that working-class families have many choices of where best to live and educate their children?

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m. (Breakfast and Registration 8:00 a.m.)
Location: The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St. Hartford, CT (Directions)

Keynote Speaker
Prof. Douglas Massey, Princeton University  
Massey’s study of the families that ultimately were able to live in Mt. Laurel – consistent with other research that will be reviewed at the forum – shows how affordable homes in high-opportunity communities enhance school achievement, job opportunities, quality of life and family cohesion.

N.Y. Times Editorial, Jan. 28, 2013:
“The study found that the development’s residents had higher rates of employment and family income and significantly lower rates of welfare dependency. They were also more closely involved in educating their children, who did well academically, even though they had moved to more competitive schools. Surrounding property values did not go down, and taxes did not go up. The development blended in so well with the surrounding area that many people were not aware that it existed.”
Also featuring:

  • A Knowledgeable Response: Education and housing policymakers – from the General Assembly, state agencies, the Achievement Gap Task Force and related organizations --  weigh what Connecticut can learn from Massey’s research and how best to marry housing and education policy through HOMEConnecticut and other housing-creation tools.

Register now: (If you do not receive an email confirmation within 2 business days, please contact Laura Bachman at 860-244-0066)

Click here to view the event flyer. 


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