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Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report about basic needs insecurity among college students presents findings from a survey of more than 33,000 students enrolled at 70 community colleges in 24 states. From these results, the authors report that about half of community college students were housing insecure and approximately 14 percent were homeless. They found that two of every three students who participated in the survey were dealing with food insecurity. The findings indicate that two sub-populations experienced higher basic needs insecurity than other students—those who were formerly in the foster care system and those who had children.  The authors provide their research methodology and data as well as several case studies of student participants. They also offer recommendations for improving policies and practices to help address basic needs security among community college students.

Accession number
25450
Authors
Goldrick-Rab, S., Richardson, J., Hernandez, A.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Wisconsin HOPE Lab

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab website at: http://wihopelab.com/publications/hungry-and-homeless-in-college-report…

Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students

Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

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. 

Accession number
25456
Authors
Haskett, M.E., Majumder, S., Kotter-Grühn, D.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Schoolhouse Connection website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NC-Sta…

Fact Sheet: Education and Workforce Related Policies Affecting Systems-Involved Youth

Fact Sheet: Education and Workforce Related Policies Affecting Systems-Involved Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from the American Youth Policy Forum provides information for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners about federal legislation and grants related to systems-involved youth. In particular, the fact sheet focuses on supporting secondary, postsecondary, and workforce success among youth involved with the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system, or both. 

Accession number
25711
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/fact-sheet-education-workforce-related-po…

College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report

College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (Hope Center) describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered to nearly 86,000 students at 123 two- and four-year institutions. The survey shows rates of basic needs insecurity are higher for students attending two-year colleges, former foster youth, military, and formerly convicted of a crime. The researchers found that being employed and receiving federal student aid do not lower the risk of basic needs insecurity for students. They conclude that basic needs insecurity is a substantial problem that requires a systemic response. The report outlines five action steps for administrators, faculty, staff, and students to support basic needs on campus. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25758
Authors
Goldrick-Rab, S., Baker-Smith, C., Coca, V., Looker, V., Williams, T.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Hope Center website at: https://hope4college.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/HOPE_realcollege_Na…