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Housing-related challenges were reported as most acute at schools that served greater numbers of students from low income families. In Title 1 schools, 87 percent of the staff surveyed said that these housing challenges are common, while 65 percent of educators from non-Title 1 schools indicated that these challenges are common. Staff at urban and rural schools were also more likely to identify housing challenges as a common problem (88 and 76%, respectively), compared to educators at suburban schools (60%) (see Figure 5).

Percent of educators surveyed

FIGURE 5: How common is it for students to experience housing-related challenges?

URBANICITY

TITLE 1 STATUS

TOTAL

Urban

Suburban

Rural

Title 1

Non-Title 1

Very Common

28%

40%

15%

22%

36%

19%

Somewhat common

48%

47%

45%

54%

50%

46%

Not too common

21%

12%

32%

20%

12%

29%

Not common at all

4%

0%

8%

3%

1%

6%

Common (Net)

76%

88%

60%

76%

87%

65%

Not Common (Net)

24%

12%

40%

24%

13%

35%

Housing affects educational performance Not only do educators see housing as a common challenge among their students, a large majority (89%) believe that those issues “moderately” or “significantly” affect their students’ educational performance. (see Figure 6). Of those 89 percent, 79 percent also indicated that these housing-related challenges are “very” or “somewhat” common for their students. These issues were most likely to be identified as significant by educators in urban and suburban schools.

Percent of educators surveyed by urbanicity

FIGURE 6: What impact do housing-related challenges have on academic performance

URBANICITY

TOTAL

Urban

Suburban

Rural

Significant impact

48%

53%

49%

37%

Moderate impact

41%

39%

39%

50%

Slight impact

10%

9%

12%

12%

No impact

1%

0%

1%

2%

Moderate or significant (net)

89%

91%

88%

87%

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