Education is essential to transcending poverty and achieving economic mobility. Across the country, housing authorities are leveraging the housing assistance they provide to improve residents’ educational outcomes and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in life. Many agencies have programs addressing needs along the entire learning continuum while others target a subset of age groups, and most are aligning with and adding value to local approaches.
Housing authorities have always assisted households previously experiencing or at risk of homelessness through housing subsidies that enable extremely low-income households to afford their homes. Increasingly, housing authorities are also bringing their subsidies into partnerships with the homeless services system. This has led to more targeted efforts to address homelessness, including the development of permanent supportive housing for populations with specific service needs, sponsor-based vouchers, and the dedication of resources to evidence-based practices such as rapid rehousing.