The Moving to Opportunity Study
Enabling low-income children living in concentrated poverty to move to higher opportunity neighborhoods dramatically improves their life prospects.
3,300 low-income families living in high poverty public housing projects were randomly assigned to either a control group or a treatment group.
Researchers tracked these families and their children for over twenty years.
The Moving to Opportunity Study was a large scale randomized controlled experiment,
the gold standard in the social sciences.
Treatment group families received a voucher to move to a lower poverty neighborhood.
Outcomes were strikingly better for young kids who moved.
32% more likely to
31% higher incomes
in early adulthood
26% less likely to be
70% lower risk of severe
anxiety disorders for girls
And this was in spite of major program limitations.
Families received no
Kids attended just
Kids moved too late,
at 8.2 years old
Our model is designed to deliver even more dramatic results.
We reach kids
We target communities
with 80th percentile
And we provide robust