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COLLEGE HOMELESSNESS: BY THE NUMBERS

  • New research on campus hunger and homelessness has awakened college leaders and policymakers to an uncomfortable reality: many students are struggling just to survive.

  • 5% of students across the 10 University of California campuses experience homelessness [2018, UC Global Food Initiative].

  • 11% of students across the 23 Cal State campuses experienced homelessness [2018, CSU Basic Needs Initiative].

  • 20% of students across the nine campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District experienced homelessness [2016, HOPE Lab].

  • More than 58,000 students across the nation self-identified on the FAFSA as homeless [2013].

The steep rise in housing and education costs has forced young people to choose between meeting their most basic needs and the education that could secure a better future for them and their families.