1 in 10 Cal State students say they’ve been homeless; at community colleges in L.A., it’s 1 in 5

Apr 7, 2018 by

The dream was always the same, Arthur Chavez says. He was following a bumblebee through a forest, stumbling over puddles and branches. When he caught the bee, he’d find himself onstage, wearing a suit, in front of an applauding crowd.

After the third time, Chavez decided the dream was a sign. He quit his job at a Fullerton gas station and enrolled in community college, on his way to a bachelor’s degree.

His first semester as a transfer student at Sacramento State, he started participating in the ROTC, lost 75 pounds, and declared a double-major in psychology and humanities/religious studies. He planned to become an Army officer, which he hoped would help him obtain U.S. citizenship for his mother.

But in February he lost his his place to stay and resorted to what he describes as his best option: parking his 2001 Toyota Corolla on the top floor of a campus garage, propping some pillows in the front seat, and sleeping under the glare of the 24-hour lights, a knife nearby for protection. “I didn’t have enough for a down payment on an apartment, and my money was disappearing because of bills and gas,” says the outgoing, stocky 23 year old, whose friends call him Chavi. “My spirit was dampened.”

Chavez faced a reality all too familiar to California college students: trying to find a home on a student budget in a housing market gone berserk.

Source: 1 in 10 Cal State students say they’ve been homeless; at community colleges in L.A., it’s 1 in 5 – Daily News

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