The Research

The Moving to Opportunity Study

The Fund builds on the results of a landmark Harvard study, which proved that enabling low-income children to move to higher opportunity neighborhoods dramatically improves their life prospects.

32%

$302,000

26%

70%

More likely to

attend college

Higher lifetime

earnings

Less likely to be

single mothers

Lower risk of severe anxiety disorders for girls

Housing Mobility and Student Achievement

Research shows that enabling low-income children to move to neighborhoods with higher performing public schools dramatically narrows the achievement gap.

The Study

A major study by the RAND Corporation tracked outcomes for students randomly assigned to different neighborhoods during elementary school.

Math

Students assigned to housing in neighborhoods with low poverty schools cut the achievement gap in math in half.

Reading

Students assigned to housing in neighborhoods with low poverty schools cut the achievement gap in reading by a third.

Early Intervention

Research shows that the gains from moving to a better neighborhood are larger for children who move when young.

So we start as early as possible.