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MacArthur Research Network

on How Housing Matters for Children and Families

The MacArthur Research Network for How Housing Matters for Children and Families is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This Research Network, as the name implies, is focused on studying the effects of housing quality and availability on the well-being of children and families in the United States. Research is especially focused on the effects of affordable housing programs on social outcomes, economic outcomes, and public health.

The Institute has received funding to conduct research in conjunction with the MacArthur Network on the effects of housing quality on children, with a special focus on racial and ethnic disparities. This research includes data-driven inquiries about how people make decisions on where to live, the role of neighborhood segregation, geographies of opportunity and the effects of pre-school quality on child development.

With an increased knowledge base of how housing factors influence child development and well-being, policy makers can make informed decisions on the development of sound and effective policies for affordable housing in the United States. The goal for these studies is to place child welfare at the heart of housing-related policy decisions.

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