Local Community College Commits to Housing for Homeless Students

1 in 5 community college students report experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, significantly reducing the odds of their success as they attempt to further their post high school education and build a future career.  One community college district recently took action to reduce those odds.  Cerritos Community …

Students Make An Impact: Building a South LA COVID-19 Support Network

“I learned about the value of connecting people and organizations with much-needed resources during times of crisis,” reported one student studying towards a master’s degree in preventive medicine and interning with a new south LA project. As the COVID 19 pandemic closed businesses and locked people in their homes …

USC Alumnus is Feeding LA

One USC alumnus from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has responded to the crisis of COVID – 19 in a remarkable fashion. Jose Ruiz (MSW’ 2017) had a vision of urban gardens sprinkled all over Metro LA and created an organization called CultivaLA, …

College Student Hunger and Homelessness: The Latest Data

by Matthew Lee A new report from the Hope Center, released this year, details data collected in the last five years from 227 institutions and 330,000 students.  It notes that 39% of respondents reported experiencing food insecurity in the last 30 days, 46% of respondents identified housing insecurity in the last year, and …

USC Students Active in Homelessness Count

by Matthew Lee and Brenda Wiewel How it works Clementina Verjan, LA County Homeless Count Coordinator, reports that more than 8,000 volunteers signed up to participate in the largest homeless count in the nation last month (January 2020). Over 250 of them were from USC. …

2019 Student Excellence in Action Award

The USC tradition of excellence was enhanced in 2019 by remarkable student involvement and contributions, including two students who each invested countless hours toward volunteer work to help people experiencing homelessness. Alec Vandenberg is completing his studies with a dual degree at the Sol Price …