Innovative Idea

Exploring Ways to Stabilize Housing for Homeless Students

Douglass Austin
UPD Consulting
Baltimore, Maryland

Together UPD Consulting and Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development will develop a plan to create a network of long-term, temporary housing for families in Baltimore, MD with children enrolled in Pre-K through 3rd grade who experience homelessness or housing instability. The housing, which will be acquired from Baltimore City’s inventory of vacant houses, will be located near targeted schools, minimizing the likelihood of the child needing to change schools during the schoolyear. Abrupt or frequent residential moves are stressful for children and can have devastating consequences to their academic success. This project aims to improve educational outcomes by stabilizing housing. Once re-housed, families will receive supportive services that will ultimately help them return to permanent housing.

Can a network of temporary housing with wrap-around services near schools provide housing stability and improve educational outcomes for young children facing homelessness?

Douglass Austin
Douglass Austin is the founder and CEO of UPD Consulting. He has led numerous projects over the company’s history, including engagements with housing agencies, empowerment zones, school districts, and non-profits across the United States. He is an expert in public-private partnerships, and previously served as Chief of Staff of the Baltimore City Public Schools and as Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development. Follow UPD Consulting on social media @UPDConsulting.

UPD Consulting

UPD Consulting is a change management consulting company dedicated to increasing the value and effectiveness of public sector organizations seeking to improve social equity. UPD identifies and addresses the organizational cultural shifts that must take place for new practices to succeed. UPD provides comprehensive implementation services with a focus on data, operational improvements, and performance management.