A new shocking study has found that 1 in every 5 of the 230,000 in Los Angeles Community College District are homeless and another two-thirds cannot afford food costs. It is a chilling statistic that offers an insight into economic strata in the country and the marginal economic conditions for so many people.
Roughly half of the students reported that they have been struggling with high housing costs. Some 19% said they were recently homeless and 8% reported being thrown out of their homes. Another 4% said that they were recently evicted and 6% had stayed in an abandoned building, car or other non-housing location. Some 65% can’t afford balanced meals, and 60% are unable to buy more when their food runs out, the study said.
Students raised in foster care represent a significant percentage of this homeless class. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this month designated homeless college students among the beneficiaries of the tax fund, which is expected to produce $3.55 billion over 10 years.
Last year, the California State University system found in a preliminary study that 1 in every 10 of its 460,000 students was homeless.