A PRRAC Report (July 2018). By Ingrid Gould Ellen and Keren Horn.
Excerpt: “The Housing Act of 1949 espoused the goal of “a decent home and a suitable living environment” for all Americans. Nearly 70 years later, we have made significant strides in improving the quality of American homes, but there continue to be large disparities across income and race, especially with respect to neighborhood environments. These disparities matter: growing research shows that neighborhoods shape children’s long-run life chances. This report focuses on neighborhood schools, highlighting disparities between families living in subsidized housing and those who do not. We describe the characteristics of the local public elementary schools to which children living in subsidized housing have access, including their student demographics, teacher characteristics and relative proficiency rates. We include all households with children that receive housing assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as those living in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments, for all 50 states and the 100 largest metropolitan areas, updating an earlier PRRAC report that relied on 2008 data.”