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 College doubled down on the College Success partnership they had established with Jovenes, Inc, a local homeless youth service agency, which works with young people ages 18-25 to end their cycle of homelessness. Seven townhouses on property near to the college were recently opened, providing units for students who would otherwise be without housing. Inside Higher Ed recently highlighted this effort, providing the context and details. Many young people are currently experiencing what Kyshawna (a client of Jovenes) went through (her story). Housing support helped her move forward toward success: Kyshawna has just graduated from her community college with a full scholarship to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma!  The trend toward providing housing for homeless community college students seems to be gaining steam nationally (see USA Today).  Given the potential to interrupt cycles of poverty and homelessness in communities across the country, this movement is encouraging.  Congratulations to Cerritos College and Jovenes for leading the way!