Housing and Schools: Working Together to Reduce the Negative Effects of Student Mobility

Report by Jennifer Comey, Sophie Litschwartz, Kathryn L.S. Pettit
October 31, 2012

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)

How has the recession and its resulting family instability impacted children’s residential and school mobility? Officials from housing, homeless, and school programs discussed the full spectrum of residential mobility in two recent Urban Institute roundtables: from chronic mobility, eviction, and foreclosure to doubled-up households and homelessness. Attendees explored programs and policies to reduce residential and student mobility, as well as brainstormed new ways for different organizations to work together. The discussion centered on examples of school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit housing counseling agencies working together to mitigate the negative effects of mobility.

The roundatables and brief were funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as a follow-up to the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership cross-site project on the Effects of Foreclosure on Children and Schools.