Making a Difference for Young Families
Providing safe and stable housing is one of the primary ways in which intergenerational neighborhoods can benefit families with young children who may be seeking a supportive community. In the United States, children move more than any other age group. Research links high residential mobility to achievement deficits, risk-taking, problem behaviors, and depression (Anderson, Leventhal, Newman, & Dupéré, 2014).
Following is an example of how theory lines up with real life.
Cami’s parents were reticent to see her leave, but her father helped her load a moving van and make the drive. The girls also knew Rick and Karin, and while sad to be leaving friends, they were excited to be returning to Madison. Changing schools is difficult, and Cami promised her oldest daughter that she wouldn’t have to change schools again. Her younger daughter started 4K after they arrived.
When the move into the High Point property was completed, Hope & A Future truly became “multi-generational”, with two young girls and their mother living side-by-side with elderly residents. Because of its location just outside the corporate limits of the City of Madison, the High Point Road property was also within the same public school district boundaries as the Branch Street house. This meant that they were able to stay in the same schools as before, allowing Cami to keep her promise to her oldest daughter about not having to switch schools again.