Rochester, N.Y. — A report detailing the connection between housing instability and education was released Thursday.
The Children’s Agenda has been closely studying housing instability and its impact on kids and education, and its report found lower grades and graduation rates are closely linked to unstable housing.
The report also found unstable housing increased challengers in behavioral and mental health.
“One key component of that stability for a lot of children is housing,” said Pete Nabozny, director of policy at The Children’s Agenda. “They [should] know where they live and know what their bedroom looks like, and have a sense of comfort in their home that can root them, despite everything being chaotic at times.”
Rochester is one of the most impoverished cities in the nation, and community leaders are aiming to ensure every child has a safe home.
The study recommends expanding the Empire State child credit for families and expand opportunities for home ownership.
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