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Cityscape: Volume 20 Number 3 | The Housing and Children’s Healthy Development Study

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The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Youth Homelessness

Volume 20, Number 3

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga

The Housing and Children’s Healthy Development Study

Sandra Newman
Johns Hopkins University

Tama Leventhal
Tufts University


A family’s decision about where to live determines not only the characteristics of their dwelling (for example, size, physical adequacy, and cost) but also other aspects of their residential context including whether the neighborhood is safe and whether children will have access to high-quality resources including schools, suitable neighborhood playmates, and role models. Children’s home, neighborhood, schools, peers, role models, and family define the residential context, both physical and social, in which they grow up. Their social and physical environment strongly influence children’s development.


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