New Research Links Housing Instability to Negative Educational Outcomes

The John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University has released a study exploring the connections between housing instability and negative educational outcomes among students in San Mateo County, California. The report finds that students experiencing housing instability between 2016 and 2019 were six times more likely to be chronically absent from school and four times more likely not to graduate from high school. The study also finds that students experiencing housing instability are disproportionately Latino, Black, and English-language learners.

“From our report’s findings, we conclude that youth experiencing housing instability face unique challenges from each other and from their housing-stable peers, and public school districts in the county face many challenges in both identifying and serving students experiencing housing instability,” write the study’s authors.

Read the study here.

Read an article about the study here.