The Housing x Education Technical Assistance Assessments incorporates three parts:
- A landscape scan including development of a data profile of housing and education outcomes
- A capacity assessment including understanding the stage of partnership across sectors
- Stakeholder engagement to build support and sustainability around the work
A series of intake calls have been conducted with the core partners — Maiker Housing Partners, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County — to introduce the opportunity; understand individual goals; and gauge readiness in three areas (capacity, impact, and local support). The partners agreed to participate in and prioritize performance of an assessment to kick off the work, with dedicated staff from each organization available to support and contribute their expertise to the process.
Partners brought a strong focus on systems change and commitment to racial equity and power-sharing, including elevating student and family voice in decision-making. There was also clear agreement that addressing housing insecurity among K-12 students is fundamental to the work of both the housing and education sectors – from impacts on attendance and reading and math proficiency to overall impacts on mobility from poverty.
This process will build a common understanding around the impacts of housing instability on a child’s education, as well as the barriers households face to locating, securing, and maintaining housing in Adams County. It will also allow the core institutional partners to build stronger relationships among housing and education partners in Adams County and build a clear case for deeper partnership across the housing and education sectors and identify opportunities to advance that partnership.
A small team of partners is convening to begin a landscape analysis to determine if there is an opportunity for more collective work through RMP around housing and education in this region
Call to Action
Join other cross-sector organizations working in the housing and education spaces to better understand existing barriers, impacts of housing insecurity on education, and identify regional solutions for moving forward.
If you are interested in becoming an active part in this work, contact Matt Horn, Director of Collaborative Action Networks at, MattHorn@RMPBackbone.org