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Supportive Housing Found to Have Positive Effects on Children

1 February 2012

A study over the course of three years from 2007-2009 showed that supportive housing has a positive correlation with the educational stability and overall well-being of children. The Minn-LINK project at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota looked at data from 70 children living in supportive housing with their families compared to data on 342 homeless children.

The analysis revealed that children living in supportive housing have fewer school transfers, have fewer incidents of abuse, and are less likely to be removed from their parents' care than homeless children. However, there were mixed results for school attendance rates and academic achievement based on test results. The mixed results suggest that more research needs to be done to look at the long term relationship between supportive housing and education.

A summary of the report is available here.
The full report can be found here.