Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016)
Cohort Five Fellow

Emily Warren is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She works as a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty, working on projects related to housing and child support policy. Ms. Warren's research focuses on ways in which housing hardships impact family functioning and policies that aim to reduce housing-related poverty. She received master’s degrees in social work and public policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas. Before graduate school, Ms. Warren worked as a case manager for a transitional housing program, an intern at the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and a research associate at Wilder Research in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. 


Housing Hardship Among Low-Income Families with Children: Examining the Role of Tax Benefits for Relieving Housing Stress and Improving Family Functioning

Insecure and inadequate housing is an issue for many families involved in the child welfare system or at risk of involvement. Housing hardships have been consistently associated with abuse or neglect substantiation, out of home placement, and failed reunification efforts. As a means of addressing prevention efforts, this study examines the relationship between housing hardship and family well-being. It contains three papers that have two major aims: 1) investigate the effects of two common forms of insecure housing experienced by low-income families with children, and 2) address the role that federal tax policy may play in reducing housing-related poverty. The first paper examines residential mobility among a sample of low-income families and the extent to which it affects child academic achievement and behavioral health via parental stress. The second paper investigates the extent to which three measures of housing costs impact parental stress. Finally, the third paper explores a tax benefits package for low-income families that addresses housing hardship as a means of improving family stability. Results can contribute to both policy and practice enhancements by increasing our understanding of how housing hardship may uniquely impact family functioning as well as address the extent to which major housing hardship can be alleviated through more generous economic supports.