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Educational Outcomes of Students in Assisted Housing

This project examines whether providing assisted housing to NYC families--predominantly in the form of public housing and tenant-based vouchers--impacts the educational outcomes of children in those families. This work is part of a larger multi-city project coordinated by Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) and funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Methodology and Approach

The project uses data provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the NYC Department of Education, and the NYC Human Resources Administration. To examine the impact of assisted housing, the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) compared educational outcomes of students who received assisted housing with a propensity-score matched control group comprised of students without this assistance. This approach ensured that prior to the receipt of assisted housing, students in the control group looked similar to the assisted housing group on host of baseline measures including academic achievement and housing stability.

Analyses suggested that receiving public housing assistance may improve the likelihood of graduating from high school on time. Corroborating this finding, the earlier students received this type of assistance, the better this outcome. Analyses of the other outcome measures were less clear. Additional analyses will explore whether particular types of students benefit more from the receipt of assisted housing. Analyses will also explore the role of school quality as it relates to the receipt of assisted housing and individual educational performance.


Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)
NYC Department of Education
Housing and Urban Development
NYC Housing Authority
NYC Human Resources Administration