Housing Policy Debate - The ACHIEVEability Model Works

“Our findings suggest that the ACHIEVEability model does work in helping to promote self-sufficiency,” said University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation.


Housing Policy Debate recently published a study on the effect micro-neighborhood conditions have on adult educational attainment in subsidized housing. Dr. Richmond served as the study’s senior author.

For this study, the researchers were interested in knowing if the location of subsidized housing had any impact on whether or not its residents were able to accrue educational credits. "The results suggest that the micro environments immediately surrounding residents of subsidized housing do matter. Making even modest improvements in the blocks on which affordable housing units are located could have a major impact on the pace at which residents make educational progress,” said Dr. Richmond.

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