Does Losing Your Home Mean Losing Your School? Effects of Foreclosures on the School Mobility of Children

Journal Article by Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, Meryle Weinstein
March 2011

Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy   (New York)

In collaboration with researchers at Northwestern and Indiana Universities, and the University of Connecticut, we received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s How Housing Matters research competition to study the effects foreclosures and related housing instability have on public school children’s moves between schools.  In our preliminary paper examining impacts of foreclosures on students’ mobility across schools in New York City, we found that students living in buildings entering foreclosure were more likely to move to a new school in the subsequent year, and when they moved, they moved to lower-performing schools on average.