Student Housing Research Submitted to Congressional Delegation

Story posted April 08, 2008

Three seniors working with Craig McEwen, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology, have compiled research detailing the desperate struggles faced by families trying to find adequate housing.

Over the fall and spring semesters, McEwen guided students from his Maine Social Research class — Benjamin Coquillette '08, Emily Krull '08 and Amanda Wing '08 — through a project of interviewing Brunswick families on the waiting list for Section 8 housing.

"These people wait far too long for assistance," says Wing. "We hope that our data will help convince lawmakers that more funding for Section 8 vouchers is necessary in order to improve the lives of low income families."

The report, Waiting for Section 8: A Preliminary Report of Research on Section 8 Waiting List Families in the Brunswick Area, is part of an ongoing research collaboration between the College and the Brunswick Housing Authority.

Originally prepared for the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, which has since transmitted the report to Maine's congressional delegation.

"Students are learning research methodology while providing service to community organizations and then seeing how research can translate into informing policy decisions," says Susie Dorn, director of the Community Service Resource Center.

Read the report.

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