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20% Of California Community College Student Are Homeless, Study Finds
2019 Mar 11, 9:37pm 480 views 1 comments
Driven by the high costs of higher education and the absurdly high cost of living in California, a recent survey revealed a stunning figure: Nearly 20% of Community College students in America's most populous state are homeless.
Whether they're sleeping in their cars, or crashing on couches, or are among the growing number of California's "unsheltered" homeless, some 19% responded to a survey of community college students saying they either didn't have a place to live, or were simply crashing or living in their vehicles.
What's worse, instead of seeking out shelter in one of California's many homeless shelters (which we've heard are fantastic environments for fostering academic curiosity), many students are simply "too proud" to do this.
Among the reasons that students do not turn to shelters which are available is that people who consider themselves relatively well educated sometimes have problems admitting to others they are homeless. Goldrick-Rab commented, “And many students don’t go to shelters because these are well-educated people who don’t want to be stigmatized."
Proposed solutions, at least in California, are for more state support of these students. They also might be supported, financially and in terms of food and housing, by local communities. In the meantime, a number of nearly 20% is high enough that finding a solution for most of these people will take a very long time.
Of course, maybe if California's stringent energy-efficiency laws didn't make building homes in the state roughly 3x more expensive than the national median, there wouldn't be a housing-shortage crisis, and valuations for existing homes wouldn't be so high.
2019 Mar 11, 9:38pm
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Hey, but how about that great California weather!
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