Housing Programs: The Impact on the Quality of Life of People in Poverty

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Standish, Margaret
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Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The Symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines with an opportunity to share their research with the university community and other guests through conference-style oral presentations. The Symposium represents part of a larger effort of Iowa State University to enhance, support, and celebrate undergraduate research activity.

Though coordinated by the University Honors Program, all undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Symposium. Undergraduates conducting research but not yet ready to present their work are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the presentation process and students not currently involved in research are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the broad range of undergraduate research activities that are taking place at ISU.

The first Symposium was held in April 2007. The 39 students who presented research and their mentors collectively represented all of ISU's Colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate College. The event has grown to regularly include more than 100 students presenting on topics that span the broad range of disciplines studied at ISU.

Leadership Studies

Poverty and homelessness are two large problems in our society that have a direct relationship. Millions of government dollars are spent every year on various programs to assist people in poverty. Many people in poverty find themselves without permanent housing, or housing at all. The objective of this study is to examine the impact of permanent housing on the quality of life of people in poverty. Several sources that have studied both temporary and permanent housing programs, as well as their impacts, will be examined. Additional data will be collected with the help of the Central Iowa Habitat for Humanity. This research will shine a light on the programs and people working to improve the quality of life of those who are living in poverty.