Fourteen California community colleges are being awarded three-year annual grants of up to $700,000 each to help homeless and housing insecure students find reliable shelter.
The College Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot Program is being funded through a $9 million allocation included in the 2019-20 budget by the state Legislature to support rapid rehousing services to California community college students.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office used a data-driven approach to hone in on campuses great need and the ability to implement the pilot program immediately. At least one campus was selected from each of the California Community Colleges’ seven regions, and selection criteria included the availability of low-income housing in the area, the percentage of students receiving Pell grants, the percentage of foster or former foster youth students, the percentage of student veterans, and the percentage of students living with a disability. Campuses were also rewarded if they had effective relationships with community-based housing organizations.
Colleges identified to receive annual, three-year grants are:
- Antelope Valley College: $700,000
- Barstow College: $500,000
- Butte College: $700,000
- Cerritos College: $700,000
- Gavilan College: $500,000
- Imperial Valley College: $700,000
- Long Beach City College: $700,000
- Los Angeles Southwest College: $700,000
- College of the Redwoods: $500,000
- Riverside City College: $700,000
- San Diego City College: $600,000
- Fresno City College: $700,000
- Victor Valley College: $700,000
- Modesto College: $700,000