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"A Forum on Housing Mobility and Education: Improving the Transition to New Communities and Schools"

September/October 2007 issue of Poverty & Race

December 3, 2007 ~ 10:00 to 4:00 ~ Baltimore, MD
At the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street


Overview

The forum on “Housing Mobility and Education: Improving the Transition to New Communities and Schools” was held in concert with an innovative regional housing mobility program in Baltimore that is dedicated to helping low income families voluntarily make the transition to higher opportunity communities. The program is funded by HUD and is part of a federal court decree in a 1995 housing desegregation case. To date, more than 1000 families have moved through this program.

The Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign is working with the administrators of the mobility program to help improve outcomes and encourage long term housing stability for families and children who are moving to new communities. Our goal is to design ways of making housing mobility work more effectively to connect families with new opportunities in employment, education, health, and youth development. The programs we are discussing here are not limited to Baltimore, but can become national models for other housing mobility programs.

FINAL LIST OF ATTENDEES

AGENDA

9:30 ~ Registration and coffee

10:00 ~ Welcome and Introduction


Roger Williams, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Barbara Samuels, ACLU of Maryland
Presentation: “An overview of the Thompson housing mobility program in Baltimore”

10:30 ~ Panel 1 – Schools as the key to family success in new communities: how to effectively connect children and parents to new schools and encourage school stability.

Research on housing mobility and education
Professor Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University:
Presentation: “Switching Social Contexts: Housing Mobility, Neighborhoods and Educational Outcomes”

Successful academic intervention strategies in interdistrict education programs
Susan Uchitelle, St. Louis Voluntary Interdistrict Coordinating Council:

Family experiences in the Baltimore housing mobility program
Michelle Green, LaRaye Holcomb, and Michelle Keyes

Incorporating educational connections in housing mobility programs
Demetria McCain, Inclusive Communities Project, Dallas
Presentation: “Incorporating Educational Connections in Housing Mobility Programs”

Cindy Haas, Ethel Lawrence Homes, Mount Laurel, NJ

Moderator: Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council


12:15 ~ break for lunch


12:45 ~ Panel 2 – Helping connect teenage boys to their new schools and communities

Effective approaches for engaging urban youth with their communities and schools
Damon Hewitt, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Social intervention approaches in a city to suburban school transfer program
Eric Crawford, Capitol Region Education Council, Hartford

Family experiences in the Baltimore housing mobility program
Michelle Green, LaRaye Holcomb, and Michelle Keyes

Peer to peer mentoring approaches for students entering suburban high schools
Chris Battaglia, “Mustang Transition Program,” C. Milton Wright H.S., Bel Air, MD

Moderator: Professor Pam Bennett, Johns Hopkins University


2:15 ~ Panel 3 – Integrating housing and school policy

Linking federal and state housing programs with high quality schools
Professor john powell, Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University
Presentation: “Opportunity, Race, Housing and Jobs in the Region”

School Diversity and Inclusionary Zoning in the Baltimore Region
David Rusk, Housing and Community Development Consultant
Presentation: “Housing Policy IS School Policy”

Developing mixed-income housing low poverty communities
Diane Houk, Fair Housing Justice Center of New York,
Presentation: “Increasing Access to Low-Poverty Areas by Creating Mixed-Income Housing”

Moderator: Michael Sarbanes, Citizens Housing & Planning Association


3:30 ~ Closing remarks and next steps


Acknowledgments


The forum on housing mobility and education is cosponsored by the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation.

The overall work of the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Abell Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, the Meyerhoff Foundation, and the Baltimore Community Foundation. The Poverty & Race Research Action Council is also grateful for the support of the Taconic Foundation, which supports its national research and policy work on housing mobility. The forum on housing mobility and education is the third in a series of roundtables at the Foundation that have included sessions on housing mobility and health (May 22) and housing mobility and employment (July 9). For more information on these earlier events, go to www.prrac.org/projects/housingmobility.php.

Special thanks to Ricky Persad and Valerie Saint-Amand of the Citizens Planning & Housing Association.



Planning committee:
Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council (Washington, DC); Demetria McCain, Inclusive Communities Project (Dallas); Barbara Samuels, ACLU of Maryland (Baltimore); Bibi Hidalgo, Citizens Planning & Housing Association (Coordinator, Baltimore Regional Housing Coalition).
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