by Shania Pence
On Monday, December 5, 2016, Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) released a report on food and housing insecurities among community college students.
According to the CCEAL, about one third (32.8%) of community college students have or are currently facing threats of homelessness or other housing insecurity. About 38% of these students have experienced stress due to housing insecurities. 12% of students have or are currently facing food insecurities. Almost 50% of these students have experienced stress due to food insecurities.
At Folsom Lake College, there is a food pantry where students faced with food insecurities can ask for access. In fact, Phi Theta Kappa had boxes placed around campus for the month of November to stock the food pantry on campus.
In September, Governor Brown signed a bill (AB - 1995) giving individuals facing home insecurities access to use community college shower facilities (provided the campus has showers) as long as the individual is enrolled and has paid the enrollment fees. This bill benefits students facing housing insecurities by ensuring access, and will help students who face housing insecurities have consistent access to showers to keep up their personal hygiene, which will improve their overall health and experience at college.
What can students do to help benefit their fellow students facing housing and food insecurities? Students can help raise awareness for fellow students with food or housing insecurities. When individuals have the awareness needed, they can then gain knowledge and start building skills to help combat stigmas.
For the press release and the report, please visit http://cceal.org/food-housing-report/
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