What’s the impact of affordable housing on education?

Affordable housing can make a huge impact on the outcome of education on low-income children. New research data indicates that stable and affordable housing can increases chances of a children’s educational success. With affordable housing, low-income families are able to improve their home environment to ensure children turn out to be competitive.

Affordable and stable housing can complement the efforts being made to improve education. Once there is minimal mobility and family is financially stable, the efforts of educators and students yield better results. There are numerous ways in which affordable housing can improve education. Here are some of the findings:

Affordable housing means less disruptive moves.

With affordable housing, students move less frequently and therefore they are able to concentrate on education rather than spending time to settle down in a new place every other month.
According to last US census data, nearly 10% people who moved from one house to another were trying to find less expensive housing. They had to face either foreclosure or eviction. Among these, nearly 50% families were below the poverty line.
Families who keep moving due to unstable housing will have to find new jobs. This can add a lot of stress to home environment. As a result, children fail to focus on their studies. It also impacts their mental growth.
Once a family has affordable housing, the children will be able to attend one school for longer periods of time. As a result, they will focus on studies and take advantage from higher quality schools.

Affordable housing means less stress from overcrowding and other sources.

Affordable housing means children don’t have to live in crowded conditions. This can help them improve their educational achievements.
Overcrowding living conditions can easily make parents less responsible for their kids. A recent study has shown that children living in crowded household can have problems with cognitive development. Overcrowding can also increase stress in children due to noise and chaos. This can interfere with children’s focus and affect their studies.
Apart from affects of overcrowding on children’s academic achievement, it also leaves negative impact on their behavior. It can result in negative internal as well as external behavior. It can also impact students’ health.

Affordable housing can help children feel secure and reduces homelessness.

When children face homelessness, they have to overcome various educational barriers. These may include problems in accessing preschool programs, poor living condition causing difficulties in cognitive development, and problems with ensuring 100% attendance in school. All these problems can lead to complex health and lifestyle issues. Students will find it difficult to focus on their studies.
If government ensures affordable housing for everyone through government policies, education can improve a great deal. Students from middle and low-income families will show greater cognitive improvement in preschool and more competitiveness in school. They won’t have to go through day-to-day stress due to poor economic conditions and homelessness.
By helping children avoid the disruptions, affordable housing can greatly improve outcome of educational efforts and reduce the impact of poverty on long-term achievements.

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