Christina H. – BASIS Tucson North

BASIS Tucson North Senior Christina H.

Low-Income Housing and its impacts on Education in Southern Arizona

Project/blog link: Low-Income Housing and its impacts on Education in Southern Arizona
BASIS Advisor: Dr. John Rosinbum
Internship location: Habitat for Humanity Tucson
Onsite Mentor: Tom Hopkins, Director of Community Engagement and Org. Development

Project Abstract

Tucson is a unique city in Arizona in the sense that it is poverty-ridden, yet has shown a potential for economic growth. Important factors that would drive Tucson’s economic growth would be the noteworthy population increase, the housing market, and an increase in the rate of engagement within the community through jobs and volunteerism, just to name a few. The housing market is a unique sector to focus upon during an economic expansion, specifically affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity Tucson (HFHT), since they have not only contributed significant amounts of physical housing but have also demonstrated abilities to encourage higher education both directly and indirectly. One of the possible outcomes from economic growth in Tucson is income inequality, but HFHT homeowners have been shown to progress by getting higher-paying jobs, and students in the household are able to continue with their education. There has not been substantial research regarding the direct link between the physical presence of low-income housing and academic progress or success (success measured by making it to a form of higher education), I am attempting to study this correlation by assuming social networking is the connector. Social networking is prominent within HFHT’s heavy reliance upon volunteers and homeowner engagement when in the process of owning a home through their organization. I am choosing to define social networking through the multiple connections that HFHT has with outside organizations, some specifically geared towards encouraging higher education.

Low-Income Housing and its impacts on Education in Southern Arizona