Study finds 19 percent of community college students in California are homeless

Mar 19, 2019 by

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Nineteen percent of students attending California’s community college system have experienced homelessness in the last year, while 60 percent have experienced recent housing insecurity and 50 percent have struggled with food insecurity, according to a report released Thursday, March 7.

The study, conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University’s College of Education in Philadelphia, surveyed nearly 40,000 students at 57 community colleges during the fall semesters of 2016 and 2018.

If the survey’s numbers are projected statewide, as many as 400,000 community college students could be homeless, said Sara Goldrick-Rab, lead author of the report. She said the study’s findings are consistent with prior reports including one done in Los Angeles County two years ago.

Conducting the survey has been challenging in itself because students are not forthcoming with responses due to the stigma of homelessness, Goldrick-Rab said.

“Only 6 percent of students said they were homeless,” she said. “The other 13 percent indicated their homelessness by saying where they stayed.

“The bottom line is they are not living in a place that is fit for human habitation,” she said. “And many students don’t go to shelters because these are well-educated people who don’t want to be stigmatized.”

Source: Study finds 19 percent of community college students in California are homeless – Daily News

 

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