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Housing-related challenges’ impact on areas related to academic performance Respondents saw the impact of housing-related challenges across a variety of development areas for students. Educators ranked school attendance, mental health and social emotional skills as most impacted by housing challenges (see Figure 9).

FIGURE 9: Areas most negatively impacted by housing-related challenges (select up to 3)

Percent of educators surveyed selecting in top 3

Attendance

62%

Mental health

53%

Social-emotional skills

50%

Attention in the classroom

44%

Physical health

25%

Literacy

21%

Analytical and problem-solving skills

12%

Grade advancement

9%

Other

2%

Educators were asked about the resources and supports available through their schools. From a list of potential resources and supports, connections to school-based resources such as before/after school programs (62%), referral to behavioral health support (54%), and transportation to/from school (54%) were each identified frequently as being accessible resources offered through their school to help address those challenges among students and their families (see Figure 10).

FIGURE 10: Resources and supports accessible through school to support students and families experiencing housing-related challenges (select all that apply)

Percent of educators surveyed

Connections to school-based resources, such as before/after school programs

62%

Referral for behavioral health support

54%

Transportation to and from school

54%

Referral to support for navigating government assistance programs

48%

Referral for housing assistance

43%

Immediate school enrollment for students experiencing homelessness

43%

Referral for financial assistance

34%

Other

1%

None

3%

Growing Up & Out of Poverty

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