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Housing First, Graduation Follows: Lessons from the College Housing Assistance Program

 

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Education Northwest’s evaluation of the College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) in Tacoma, Washington, shows that addressing the need for stable housing empowered students to achieve academic success and improved their overall well-being. The program provided housing vouchers, leading to over half of the students completing a credential or staying on track for a degree. However, there were challenges with bureaucracy and finding landlords. The evaluation also highlighted the need for additional support services for students experiencing homelessness. The authors advocate for reforming housing eligibility rules and creating stronger housing programs across higher education….

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