Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students
This report describes the Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students Initiative, which was launched in fall 2017. It provides key findings from a survey of a representative sample of NC State students (n=1,949) about food and housing security on statewide campuses. According to survey findings, 14 percent reported low or very low food security over the past 30 days and 9.6 percent experienced homelessness over the last 12 months. The researchers found an overlap between food and housing insecurity: 24 percent of students who had been homeless within the last year had also been food insecure in the last 30 days. The report includes recommendations for resolving food and housing insecurity among college students: 1) establish a permanent advisory council of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and partners; 2) coordinate services through a single point of contact; 3) develop an intentional research agenda; 4) secure funding streams; and 5) raise awareness and conduct ongoing outreach. Other program considerations include helping students access financial resources such as SNAP and FAFSA at the federal level and institution level resources, such as emergency funds and short-term loans. The report includes a list of resources with links to additional information.