Why Student Housing Insecurity?
Campus Compact is dedicated to creating equitable and accessible educational opportunities for all students by helping institutions of higher education to fulfill their public purposes. We recognize that one area often overlooked in current work is addressing the needs of students facing housing insecurity. Therefore, we embarked on a journey to help our network of member campuses nationwide build capacity to support students facing housing insecurity and homelessness.
After surveying 43,000 students at 35 four-year institutions and 31 two-year institutions across the country, Sara Goldrick-Rab and colleagues found that 36% of the students at four-year institutions and 46% of students at two-year institutions experienced housing insecurity, while 9% of students at four-year institutions and 12% of students at two-year institutions experienced homelessness within the last year (Goldrick-Rab et al., 2018, p. 3). Although the population of students attending two-year community colleges and four-year public and private institutions may differ, these results highlight the tremendous need for institutions of higher education to consider best practices to support college students facing housing insecurity and homelessness. The lack of a safe and secure living space when pursuing a post-secondary degree has the capacity to affect a student’s academic success and retention (Silva et al., 2017, p. 291).
Campus Compact offers these resources for member institutions seeking to find solutions to student homelessness and housing insecurity.