The Disturbing Trend of Homeless Community College Students

"There are weeks when Xavier McMillon, 23, knows he can rely on a friend to put him up for a night or two. But there are far too many other days when the Houston Community College student scrambles to find a place to stay or money to eat," The Washington Post reports.

"It wasn’t always like this, he said. A few months ago, he was sharing an apartment with his best friend and holding down a job. But a dispute over mold infestation got them evicted, and too many sick days because McMillon couldn’t afford his HIV meds got him fired.

'Right now it’s real hard to try to go to school, try to get a job and try to find a place,' said McMillon, who is taking the semester off. 'I try not to let a lot of people know about everything that’s going on with me. I don’t like people having to worry.'

Many students suffer the same housing and food insecurity that plagues McMillon, and a new study from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, in collaboration with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), shows that the problem is more widespread than people might suspect.

In a survey of more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges across the country, researchers found that 14 percent were homeless, and one in three were going hungry while pursuing a degree. The findings, which will be presented Wednesday at a town hall hosted by George Washington University, lay bare the reality of a population of students who remain largely invisible on college campuses."

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Publication Date: 3/20/2017

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