Housing Instability for Noncustodial Parents: Policy Considerations

01/15/2021

Many parents owing child support may struggle with housing instability, though little research has documented the extent of this phenomenon. This brief and infographic present estimates of the percentage of noncustodial parents who are eligible for and receive housing assistance. The brief also identifies opportunities for child support agencies, public housing agencies, Continuums of Care, and other partners to further consider and address the needs of this population.

Infographic - This infographic presents information about noncustodial parents, including their eligibility for and receipt of housing assistance. It also shows that including child support payments in rent calculations could help noncustodial parents struggling to financially and emotionally provide for their children.

Brief - In addition to presenting estimates of the prevalence of housing instability among noncustodial parents and research on strategies for improving their housing stability, this brief provides policy considerations for child support agencies, public housing agencies, Continuums of Care, and other partners for addressing the needs of this population.