Research has shown that children who are raised in a stable household and in neighborhoods with low turnover rates are more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to experience teen pregnancy. Better quality housing is correlated with lower rates of psychological distress and also has an impact on physical health. All children should have an opportunity for these outcomes.
Through this project, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin aims to educate and align resources and policies at the federal, state, and city level to develop an approach to housing assistance and resource coordination that is sensitive to the unique needs of families experiencing toxic stress and chronic adversity. We are doing this through understanding the strengths and challenges of neighborhoods in Milwaukee that are most in need and tapping into the wisdom of residents within the communities themselves, with the intention to replicate the interventions in other parts of the state and even the country.