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High-Return Investments for America’s Children


A foundation of good housing in childhood is crucial for children’s development and education. For low-income families, housing that is affordable allows families to support their children’s cognitive development. Child-enrichment spending is higher among low-income families spending around 30 percent of income on housing than those spending much more or less. In another study, researchers found that low-income children’s test scores go up if their family gets a housing voucher. Stronger improvements in achievement for low-income students can occur with residential integration, such as occurs with inclusionary zoning policies. For information click here.