Volunteers and Collaborators for Housing Insecurity and Homelessness Initiatives

History and Need to Address this Issue:

In 2018, Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab Survey said students nationally reported as 36% being housing insecure in the last year and 9% being homeless. (Goldrick-Rab et al., 2019).

Even though low-income students receive federal Pell Grants, they still face financial hardship to cover the cost of food, housing, and educational expenses like books and fees (Cochrane & Szabo-Kubitz, 2016).

Purpose: These renovations and services allow for young adults who are experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness to be walked alongside by assisting with their basic needs during the major transitional time in life that college is.  

Short Term Plan: In a three-part plan, the ministry looks to help those who are experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness on campus have the same academic opportunities as other students by assisting with their basic needs. The first initiative is to provide free laundry, showers, food, and WiFi to students on a daily basis.

Long Term Plan: The second initiative would be to assist connect and provide students with subsidized housing in the Fort Collins area. The third initiative would be to create an intentional community in which clients live and pay a reduced amount.

The 1st Initiative Drop In Center is Starting: February 10, 2019, Monday and Thursday 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.

We need weekly volunteers to help us with managing the Drop In Center during these hours. Please contact Liz at intern@lcmcsu.org or sign up here.

Citations

Cochrane, D., & Szabo-Kubitz, L. (2016). States of Denial: Where Community College Students Lack Access to Federal Student Loans. Institute for College Access & Success.

Goldrick-Rab, S., Baker-Smith, C., Coca, V., Looker, E., & Williams, T. (2019). College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National.

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