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Community College Students Face Housing, Food Insecurity

Laura Wingard

A view of Mesa College looking east, Oct. 28, 2015.

Aired 12/5/16 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Community College Students Facing Housing, Food Insecurity

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Luke Wood, Ph.D., co-author of "Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College"

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REPORT: Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College

REPORT: Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College

The report measured housing and food insecurity among community college students.

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About a third of California community college students surveyed said they are facing homelessness or housing insecurity, according to a report released Monday.

"Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College" also found that 12 percent of surveyed students don't know where their next meal will come from.

A total of 3,600 students in the California community college system were surveyed.

The report details the consequences of experiencing housing and food insecurity and ways colleges can help.

The report was authored by Luke Wood, Frank Harris III and Nexi Delgado of The Community College Equity Assessment Lab at San Diego State University.

On Monday, Wood discusses the report and a local college that is making progress in addressing housing and food insecurities among students.

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