Helping Families Living in Unstable Housing

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Fort Bend County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between CMAS and the Fort Bend County Social Services Division to explore how the lack of permanent housing is affecting academic outcomes and the correlation with food insecurity and behavioral outcomes such as substance abuse, poor nutrition and weight conditions. Photo credit: Pexels-Cottonbro

The University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will work with Fort Bend County officials to improve the lives of families living in unstable housing conditions caused by economic hardship and other stressors.

County commissioners voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding between CMAS and the Fort Bend County Social Services Division (FBCSS) to explore how the lack of permanent housing is affecting academic outcomes and the correlation with food insecurity and behavioral outcomes such as substance abuse, poor nutrition and weight conditions. The UH researchers will collect and analyze data from families with children 5 to 25 years old.

“We are very excited to work with Fort Bend County to jointly promote the production and use of evidence-based research in the design, implementation and monitoring of interventions to reduce adverse academic and socio-economic outcomes among young people,” said Jeronimo Cortina, CMAS associate director and associate professor of political science. “We want to thank Judge KP George and Fort Bend County commissioners for their vote of confidence.”

CMAS will work under the Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System (Collaborative), a collective of non-profit organizations and county agencies organized and led by FBCSS.  The Collaborative is a membership-based alliance created to facilitate a system of networked services to address the needs of Fort Bend County’s most vulnerable youth and families.  

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