MacArthur announced nine grants totaling $5.6 million for research to explore the role housing plays in the long-term health and well-being of 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.
"MacArthur's support for these research efforts will arm policymakers, housing and social service providers with evidence about the long-term implications of housing programs and policies," said Michael Stegman, MacArthur's Director of Policy and Housing. "The awardees have gained unprecedented access to data sets that have never before been integrated and analyzed. We expect their findings to provide powerful information for policymakers and the public to make sound decisions about the future of housing and social policy in this country."
The nine projects, selected through a competitive process from a pool of 150, were awarded as part of the Foundation's $25 million initiative on How Housing Matters to Families and Communities. The initiative is based on the premise that stable, affordable housing is an essential platform that promotes positive outcomes in education, employment, and physical health by helping to ensure a greater return from other social and public investments. The goal is to help policymakers better direct increasingly scarce public resources to enhance housing outcomes and to achieve broader goals of healthier, better educated, and more successful families and communities.
The nine grant recipients are a mix of studies on the relationship between housing and a series of social and economic concerns including education, health, and economic opportunity:
These are the second round of grants made through MacArthur's competitive housing research initiative. The first set was awarded in December 2009. In addition, seven invited grants were awarded in 2008 to provide the research community with concrete examples and demonstrate the Foundation's commitment to enlarging the quality and diversity of research in these areas. The Foundation will offer a third round of competitive funding in 2011, with details to follow on our website no later than March 2011.
MacArthur is a leader in affordable housing, investing over $300 million over the last two decades. The Foundation actively invests in the preservation of existing rental housing, advances knowledge about the role of housing through rigorous research, and pursues policy innovations and strategies to improve family and community outcomes through housing.