A new research report explores the tradeoff between housing affordability, unit size, and educational opportunities that families with children face. The report, released by Brandeis University’s Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, uses the Kirwan Institute Child Opportunity Index to analyze rental opportunities based on unit size across neighborhood levels.
The report finds a disproportionate concentration of large (3+ bedroom), affordable rental units in low opportunity neighborhoods, with much fewer large rental units in high opportunity neighborhoods. Further, the researchers found that this trend disproportionately harms minority households, specifically those of Hispanic descent. This finding is based on data demonstrating Hispanic households as more likely to rent, and more likely to have larger average household sizes. Because of these inequities, larger families are placed in a position to decide between a comfortable unit price and size, and positive educational and social outcomes for their children.
The report was released with an interactive online tool that allows users to explore the numbers of rental units by metropolitan area, based on opportunity topic. Click here to use the tool.
Click here to read the full report.