Research Network on How Housing Matters For Children and Families

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About this Research Network

Funded from 2009 to 2014.

Focusing on housing as a crucial context for child development and a primary site of family life, this network aims to understand the impact of housing quality, affordability, stability, and location on families’ and children’s health and well-being. Read More


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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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 Video

Contact Information

Network Chair

Tama Leventhal
Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University


Sandra J. Newman 
Professor of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies