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Michigan Kids Deserve Housing, Environmental and Education Justice

March 16, 2023

Every child deserves a quality education and the opportunity that comes with it. Compared to other states, however, Michigan does not ensure that kids—especially those in families with low incomes—grow up under conditions that support their success.Housing in particular is critical to children's achievement, but families with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) and other non-wage sources of income often have a hard time finding landlords who will rent to them. Several Michigan communities protect renters from this type of discrimination. A similar state-level law would give all families with vouchers more options for safe housing in healthy, opportunity-rich neighborhoods. The resulting education benefits would promote bright futures for kids, a strong workforce and economic prosperity for the whole state.

A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities

April 18, 2016

More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child's well-being as abuse or domestic violence. But while states spend heavily on corrections, few resources exist to support those left behind. A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience.

Children in Immigrant Families

February 6, 2010

This report shares facts and statistics about children from immigrant families living in North Carolina. It aims to educate the public and engage policymakers in meaningful conversations about eliminating the barriers that these children and their families face.