Housing and Schools
As we know from the familiar real estate mantra “location, location, location,” place matters in terms of price. It also matters in terms of access to important resources, including parks, entertainment, and schooling. The Poverty & Race Research Action Council recently explored the relationship between living in federally assisted housing, and having access to high performing schools (Download their report here). While it is well known that people living in assisted households are more likely to live near poorly performing schools, little is known about which programs enable households to make better choices about where their children will go to school.
This analysis derived from the PRRAC report compares four programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) against the performance of nearby schools. The median Proficiency Percentile Rank in Math and English Language Arts indicates how well (or how poorly in comparative terms) children in different metropolitan areas are performing, in part as a function of where they live.