How Housing Matters

How Housing Matters to Families and Communities explores the notion that affordable housing may be an essential "platform" that promotes positive outcomes in education, employment, and physical and mental health, among other areas.  Read our strategy

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Study Details Homelessness, "Doubling Up" Among Low-Income Children

About 10% of children in low-income families reported at least one homeless episode – and an additional 24% had at least one episode where they lived "doubled up" with relatives, friends or other families – before age 6. Read More
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How Housing Matters: Research Network Overview

Northwestern University Professor Thomas Cook, the director of the Research Network, describes the network's research on how housing affects a host of other issues, from education a child's behavior. Watch

How Housing Matters Commentaries

A series of commentaries run by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on the key questions raised in the 2011 How Housing Matters conference. Read More
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2011 How Housing Matters Conference Videos

Excerpts from a day-long conference hosted by The National Building Museum, in partnership with MacArthur and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More
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Study Finds Moving to Low-Poverty Neighborhoods Lowers Risk of Diabetes

The study was the first to employ a randomized experimental design to learn about the connections between neighborhood poverty and health. Read More

MacArthur Awards $5.6 Million to Support Research on How Housing Matters to Children, Families, and Communities

Recipients will mine and connect existing data sets, such as the U.S. Census and school statistics, in new ways to reveal insights into the effectiveness of housing policies and related public programs. Read More

Homeownership Not Factor in Positive Outcomes for Children, New Report Says

Although stable housing is important for healthy families, new research suggests that homeownership does not necessarily lead to better outcomes for children - stable renting can have equally positive effects. But a recent scan of the country ... Read More

Competitive Grants Competition Awards $6 Million to 13 Housing Research Projects

The projects will produce a base of empirical evidence to show how housing affects children’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development and how housing choices shape the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of adults. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Community Renewal Society’s 35 Under 35 Leadership Awards

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton highlights the Foundation's work with CRS, a grantee, and its leader, Calvin Morris. Read More

How Housing Matters to Families & Communities 2008 Grant Recipients

Boston Medical Center/Children's HealthWatch (2008) Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (2008) Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City/Department of Housing Preservation and Development (2008) Northwestern University (2008) University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008 ... Read More