According to survey commissioned by Los Angeles Community College District’s Board of Trustees, one in every five of the Los Angeles Community College District’s 230,000 students is homeless, and nearly two-thirds of them can’t afford to eat properly. Almost half the students at the community college that were surveyed reported that they were struggling with high housing costs. According to the survey, 19 percent said they were recently homeless, which must be terrifying for them while they try to get a higher education. Of those 19 percent who reported recently being homeless, eight percent said they were thrown out of their homes and four percent said they had been evicted. Shockingly, six percent of the students that reported being recently homeless said that they stayed in an abandoned building, a car, or another location that is not meant for housing.
According to the study, around 65 percent of the students enrolled in the L.A. District’s nine campuses claimed that they could not afford balanced meals, and 60 percent reported that they are unable to buy more when their food runs out. Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College trustee, stated:
When you have people going hungry for three days straight, you have a really serious problem.
Earlier this month, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors designated homeless college students among the beneficiaries of the quarter-cent county sales tax for homeless services. However, more needs to be done to ensure that students get the best chance to get a higher education. Last year, the California State University system released a preliminary study, which found that one in every ten of its 460,000 students was homeless, and one in five had inadequate access to food. There needs to be more help for students, because they are the future generations that will shape the world and a lack of housing and/or a lack of food will not help them succeed in life.