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More broadly, while policymakers and practitioners view efforts to subsidize housing as a tool to improve neighborhoods and the lives of their residents, there is relatively sparse research into those wider impacts (Chellman et al, 2011). In particular, little research explores the relationship between a student’s residential environment – and residential stability, specifically -- and college outcomes. While it is understood that stability is positively related to better educational outcomes for children (Hanushek et al, 2004), little is known about the relationship with college outcomes. If stability contributes to better academic outcomes, but neighborhood quality and poverty concentration detracts, which effect is greater?
In this longitudinal study, we first ask whether students in public housing (SIPHs) have higher rates of residential stability. Then, we explore if higher rates are related to better college outcomes. Finally, controlling for residential stability, we test to see if there is a significant and independent effect of living in public housing on college outcomes. Our outcomes include rates of retention, credit accumulation and graduation, and rates of “churn” (e.g., college transfer rates and changes in attendance status).
To provide background, we compare the building and neighborhood characteristics of CUNY students overall with CUNY SIPHs. We do this by combining datasets of student residential location and educational outcomes with various administrative datasets provided by city agencies and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Using geospatial matching techniques, we match each CUNY applicant and enrolled student’s home address with a geospatial database of property lots maintained by NYCHA. After comparing the socio-economic characteristics of SIPHs with students living in other properties, we then focus on how their educational outcomes differ, controlling for characteristics such as financial aid, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, commuting times, educational background, and residential stability.
 Future research will include other forms of publicly assisted housing such as Section 8, both voucher and project based.