Half of California’s community college students have experienced hunger in the last year and 60 percent have faced housing insecurity, even though many of them are working, a survey released Thursday found.
Nineteen percent of the state's 2.1 million community college students have endured homelessness in the last year, too, according to the report by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia.
“California’s community colleges are the primary driver of upward social and economic mobility for millions of residents,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a statement. “No student should face hunger or homelessness. California must do better.”
Nearly 40,000 students at 57 community colleges statewide took the #RealCollege Survey in the fall of 2016 and 2018.
Students at higher risk for facing hunger and housing insecurity include those who are parents, divorced, former foster youth, African-American, LGBTQ or have served in the military. Formerly incarcerated students are at higher risk, too.