MacArthur boosts housing research

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced it will invest $25 million in research to better understand the relationship between housing and the well-being of children, families and communities.

The infusion of cash is designed to create a network of researchers from a variety of fields, including housing policy, child development, health care, and education.

Together, these researchers will explore the effects of housing on the living conditions and quality of life of children and their families.

“This new research will produce a deep, empirical evidence base to show how housing affects children’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral development and how housing choices shape the economic, emotional and physical well-being of adults,” Jonathan Fanton, president of the foundation, says in a statement.

The funds also will finance cost-benefit studies, as well as demonstration projects and evaluations to gage the impact of various housing policies.

Currently, about 14 million people in the U.S. pay more than half their incomes for housing, MacArthur says.

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