Affordable Housing, Community Development, Homelessness

Hazardous Homes Wreak Havoc on Kindergarteners’ Development

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University

A recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development explored the influence of housing quality on school readiness for children entering kindergarten in Cleveland, OH.

The authors concluded that children living in or near dilapidated neighborhoods achieve lower scores on kindergarten readiness tests and had an increased likelihood of lead poisoning. Children living in relatively higher quality neighborhoods without any history of lead poisoning scored 15 percent higher on these tests.

The authors recommend more funding for the code enforcement, renovation, demolition, etc., of hazardous homes. They also recommend creating a database of hazardous homes and notifying parents who move into these houses so they can screen their children and take the necessary steps to avoid exposure to toxic substances and deleterious conditions.

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