Housing Instability: movers, health, and education
Featured resources for the month look at housing instability: who's moving; and how are housing stability and instability connected to health and eduation. The summaries below help you keep up with the research and resources available despite busy schedules. And while we're at it, it's good to know about resources for speaking to your members of Congress.
Housing Is Connected to Health, Education
The Center for Housing Policy recently released two updated literature reviews on the connections between housing and health and between housing and education. The new reports review research that suggests that high-quality affordable housing can support health and educational outcomes in multiple ways.
- The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health looks at the pathways through which affordable housing can affect the health of residents, especially children. The brief considers not only the direct effects of poor quality or unsafe housing on health, but on protective effects of decent housing and housing stability. For example, high-quality affordable homes enable families to spend more on nutritious food, healthcare expenditures, and other essentials that promote good health, experience less stress, and less exposure to violence and trauma.
- The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education suggests that high-quality, affordable housing provides children with enhanced opportunities for educational success. Affordable housing can lead to better school outcomes, including student achievement, reduced absenteeism, and lower student turnover. Access to neighborhoods with lower poverty can also improve children's educational achievement.
Low Income People and Non-Whites Far More Likely to Move in 2010
In May, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data that shows that nearly a quarter (23.6%) of people with incomes below the poverty line moved in 2010. By comparison, 16.5% of people with incomes between 100% and 149% of the poverty line moved, and just 9.9% of people with incomes 150% or more of the poverty line moved. The"Black alone" population had the highest mover rate (16.7%), followed by Hispanics (15.6%), "Asian alone" (13.9%) and "White alone" (not Hispanic) (10.8%). Recent literature has linked residential mobility and housing instability to worse health and school outcomes particularly for children, though moves can also lead to improved housing and opportunities. (Excerpted from NLIHC Memo to Members).
New Congressional District Profiles Released
The National Low Income Housing Coalition released updated Congressional District Profiles to provide advocates with a snapshot of the housing needs in each congressional district and state. The new profiles include Out of Reach 2011 data with rents and hours of work needed to afford to rent at various income levels.
Announcements on the Blog
Congrats to Aeon for winning AIA's 2013 Affordable Housing Design Award for the Renaissance Box!
MHP has two funding opportunities available for nonprofit developers and government agencies building affordable housing in Minnesota. MHP’s Wells Fargo EQ2 Loan Fund has $200,000 remaining; interested developers should contact Cynthia Paulson immediately. We are also accepting applications for the Predevelopment Loan Fund, which provides loans of up to $50,000 for predevelopment expenses.
Impact Spotlight of the Month
Foreclosure Prevention Workshop, Washington County HRA, May 23
38th Annual NUSA Conference on Neighborhood Concerns, Neighborhoods, USA, May 25
Housing Choice: an accelerator of regional economic competitiveness, Metropolitan Council and ULI Minnesota/ Regional Council of Mayors, June 6
Economic Development Association of Minnesota Summer Conference, EDAM, June 26-28
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