Why should you care about saving the middle class?
Recent research findings confirm an ample supply of affordable housing has a positive impact on the overall community health, economic investment, education, and job creation.
For example, housing influences education outcomes for residents and communities. Many studies have found a direct link between residential stability and educational performance. High residential mobility is associated with poorer scores on reading and math tests, higher rates of grade repetition and high school dropout rates. In addition, research shows that teachers in schools with highly mobile student populations (renters) tend to focus more on review than introducing new material. This results in achievement deficits for both the mobile and non-mobile students.
Affordability in the housing sector also impacts health outcomes as budgetary restraints prevent spending on preventative health measures and quality nutrition. Studies show that households that are burdened with high housing costs frequently cut corners in these “discretionary” matters.
Reduction in Reliance on Public Services
Affordability of housing reduces the dependence on public services among lower income households. Dollars spent increasing public services to meet ever increasing demand are not available for community upkeep and infrastructure. The cycle impacts everyone. For a list of relevant studies see Research tab.