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New report finds that assisted households as a whole are more likely to live near low performing schools than other households. In an attempt to find the relationship between federally assisted households and proximity to high performing schools, Ingrid Gould Ellen and Keren Mertens Horn of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University examined the four programs that comprise the majority of federal housing assistance: Public Housing, Project based Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Housing Choice Vouchers.
Their report- Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools? -found that ironically, Housing Choice Voucher holders do not tend to live near higher performing schools when compared with households that receive other forms of housing assistance despite the fact that vouchers are intended to provide recipients with the opportunity to move into better neighborhoods. Data tables for Connecticut and its Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, show a similar pattern.
Other findings include:
Overall, the findings indicate that assisted households do not tend to live near high performing schools but instead live in neighborhoods with lower performing schools than renters and other poor households. However, the study is based on data from 2008-09 and does not include improvements that the Department of Housing and Urban Development and state housing agencies have made to those programs in the past four years.
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