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More Than 100 Unhoused LA Community College Students Will Receive Housing For One Year

Students wearing masks stand in a long line waiting to see a school official seated in a pop-up tent outdoors at Los Angeles City College. In the background is another pop-up tent with a blue canopy that says LACC Student Services.
Students wait in line to take care of beginning-of-semester tasks at Los Angeles City College.
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More than 100 unhoused community college students and those in danger of losing their housing will receive shelter through a one-year pilot program. The Los Angeles Community College District hopes the assistance will help students stay enrolled in college and graduate.

“No student should be forced to choose between keeping a roof over their head and pursuing an education,” LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said in a statement.

The LACCD Board of Trustees approved spending more $1.5 million a one-time state budget allocation to support the initiative during its meeting on April 13.

The pilot program also includes supportive services, such as food assistance, counseling and tutoring.

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Students can apply for the pilot program through the five non-profits partnering with LACCD: Jovenes, Inc., Los Angeles Room and Board (LARB), Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, Seed House Project and The Shower of Hope (SoH).

Surveys show that about 20% of community college students in L.A. experience homelessness. Sixty-eight percent come from low-income families, and just over half of LACCD students live at or below the poverty line.

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