California has among the most costly rents within the nation. Present federal packages will not be sufficient, and plenty of school college students are struggling to compete with an over-saturated rental market.
A survey of 167,000 college students nationwide in 2019 discovered 17% had been homeless within the prior 12 months and 46% confronted housing insecurity. Sadly, there was little analysis into this difficulty attributable to the truth that we aren’t conserving monitor of the school college students affected by homelessness.
Our faculties and universities will not be required to maintain monitor of homeless college students attending their campuses, leaving us solely with surveys and the reported numbers from Federal Application for Free Student Aid purposes.
Within the 2018-2019 FAFSA application course of, 41,150 college students have been recognized as homeless or in danger. There have been a further 28,883 purposes the place housing standing remained unknown as a result of no dedication was made.
These homeless college students are referred to as the “invisible hundreds of thousands” by the Nationwide Heart for Homelessness Schooling.
This pupil inhabitants is scuffling with college, not due to an incapability to study, however due to the stress that comes with homelessness. Their day consists of attending class, finishing assignments, finding out for exams, working after they can, probably going hungry, after which having to search out shelter for the night time.
They’re having a tough time connecting with their friends, establishing caring relationships, specializing in college, and accessing any help as a result of excessive inhabitants of homeless people of all ages.
However there is no such thing as a have to make them run round searching for companies, shelters, or help packages exterior of their day-to-day setting. That’s as a result of our campuses are already outfitted with shelter, water, a secure setting, and a neighborhood that cares about them.
It’s time to assist these homeless college students who’re trying to higher themselves. Let’s present the “invisible hundreds of thousands” they’re extra than simply an unknown quantity. They’re a part of our neighborhood and we are able to do extra. Let’s present them we’re right here for them, and we’re keen to work as arduous as they’re till they attain the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.
We have to create a program at neighborhood faculties and universities much like Assembly Bill 891, the “secure parking” invoice, which sadly wasn’t signed into regulation. This program might present secure parking areas inside the campus, on-site safety, rest room amenities, a standard space, and acceptable guidelines and laws for members and workers.
This system needs to be accessible to any pupil attending post-secondary college and their households, not simply these foster youth who’re already given preferential housing beneath Assembly Bill 1228. This program would take away a load of stress from at-risk college students and finally finish pupil homelessness fully.
Name it the “Protected Parking Program for Publish-Secondary Schooling.” It ought to present college students with the instruments and sources to assist them overcome the battle and stress. And it could possibly construct on the work of native companies offering help, COVID-19 relieve packages, rental help packages and CalWORKs.
Let’s struggle for this a lot wanted regulation by uniting collectively. Let’s petition for this regulation to be enacted and let’s stand collectively for the “invisible hundreds of thousands.” Let’s make them seen within the eyes of the regulation and provides them a spot in our neighborhood.
It’s time to let California lawmakers know our considerations. Make your voice heard by contacting Joseph Castro, Chancellor of the California State University system, Gov. Gavin Newsom and your state legislators.
Kimberly Manecke is a senior at California State College San Marcos majoring in social sciences.