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After a prolonged recession, employers are slowly starting to hire again. But will the newly created jobs pay enough for workers to afford housing, or will workers have to struggle to get by with each paycheck? This edition of Paycheck to Paycheck focuses on housing affordability for the five largest jobs in the industry sector currently doing the most hiring.
This fact sheet reviews recent literature on the subject of housing counseling and finds that there is strong evidence that housing counseling can be an effective intervention in helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure.
The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, a brief by Senior Research Associate Maya Brennan, uncovers a wealth of research suggesting that stable, affordable housing provides children with enhanced opportunities for educational success. The brief reviews literature showing that the supportive and stable home environment encouraged by high-quality, affordable housing often leads to better educational outcomes.
The direct effects of poor quality or unsafe housing on health are well established; researchers have also increasingly turned significant attention to the role of housing affordability in fostering stability and reducing stress. In her brief, The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary, Cohen details the results of research on the pathways through which affordable housing can affect the health of residents, especially children.
The report finds that low-income families move much more frequently than the general population. While reasons for moving vary, the data and interviews of low-income families show that moves resulting from unplanned or involuntary circumstances, such as an eviction or foreclosure, and moves that occur one after another as part of a pattern of frequent mobility tend to have negative impacts on child and family welfare, such as increased school absenteeism and a higher incidence of neighborhood problems.