Education & Housing
A home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than income, educational level, or cultural background. Research shows a clear link between housing conditions and student performance in the classroom.
Educators understand that students need to have a stable and safe space where they can eat healthy meals, get a good night’s sleep, and have a comfortable study environment so they can be rested and prepared to do well in school.
Housing insecurity arises for many reasons including foreclosure and eviction. Children who experience housing insecurity and homelessness or live in unsafe housing are more likely to:
- Suffer from higher rates of health problems caused by household hazards like lead-based paint and mold
- Frequently change schools
- Have higher rates of absenteeism
- Have weak bonds with teachers and classmates.
Enterprise recognizes that families do not want to live where there are inadequate public schools but that quality schools rely on residential stability in surrounding neighborhoods. We work to rebuild communities by combining strategies for housing and community development with the improvement of local schools and youth outcomes. We know that high-performing schools make strong communities and that supportive home environments make better students.
Education and housing policy are closely intertwined. Through greater partnership, we can make the case for aligned federal policies that invest in the potential of low-income communities. Investments and policies that improve schools in low-income neighborhoods can result in greater residential stability, while more safe and affordable housing enables greater student stability and school performance.