NHPF Survey Compendium

Survey: New Report from NHPF and Enterprise Community Partners Identifies Five Ways to Support Students Experiencing Housing Challenges Informed by a survey of educators, Enterprise Community Partners and The NHP Foundation offer recommendations for ensuring educational success for students facing housing instability New York, NY— Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) and The NHP Foundation (NHPF) today released a joint industry report, Growing Up & Out of Poverty: Enhancing Academic Success Through the Intersection of Housing and Education, highlighting trends and offering recommendations on how schools, communities, housing providers and nonprofits can work together to address housing challenges that impact educational outcomes for young people. “Research shows that housing instability is harmful to a student’s development and educational achievement. By coming together to address it early on, educators, housing providers and their partners can change the trajectory of a child’s life,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, VP of Knowledge, Impact & Strategy, Enterprise. Following a nationally representative survey of 500 educators from across the country, Enterprise and NHPF found that three-quarters of respondents reported housing-related challenges—including homelessness, evictions, frequent moves, overcrowded living conditions and poor-quality housing—are somewhat common or very common among their students. Nearly 90 percent of educators reported that these challenges have a moderate or significant impact on the educational performance of young people. At the same time, more than one in three educators (38%) indicated they do not know how to connect students experiencing housing challenges with necessary supports, including housing, academic assistance, mental health services and others. “What has become apparent is that many educators need help connecting families experiencing housing instability with the critical resources they need,” said Richard Burns, president and CEO of NHPF. “We encourage all school districts to partner with local community development and human service providers to identify the available resources and any gaps that may be apparent in making connections.”

In the industry report, Enterprise and NHPF identify five main recommendations to better support students experiencing housing instability:

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THE NHP FOUNDATION SURVEY COMPENDIUM

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