Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce

Across our campuses, we have seen the prevalence of food and housing insecurities. In recognizing the existence of these challenges, it is time for State and community college leaders to proactively engage in discussions and interventions to alleviate these insecurities that affect our students.

Background

In Spring of 2018, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) established the Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce to provide system-wide recommendations to address housing and food insecurities faced daily by our students. This Taskforce will review and discuss research literature, participate in discussions with leading scholars, and hear from students regarding their challenges with housing and hunger. The Taskforce is co-chaired by Dr. Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College and Dr. Keith Curry, President of Compton College.

Download the Taskforce Fact Sheet Taskforce Recommendations

Research & Reports


Addressing Affordable Transportation Needs
JoAnna Schilling and the Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce (2021). Community College League of California.

Addressing Housing Affordability Issues
Matthew Wetstein, Rebekah Cearley, and the Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce (2021). Community College League of California.

A Helping Hand: How The California Community Colleges are Addressing Insecurity
Wood, J. Luke and Harris III, Frank (2020). Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL)

College Ready, Hungry, and Homeless
Nicole Restmeyer (2018). Contributors: Monica Henestroza; Jeanice Warden; Kevin Powers; Carlos Alcala. California State Assembly, Speakers Office of Research. 

Struggling to Survive – Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College
Wood, J. L., Harris III, F., & Delgado, N. R. (2016). Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL).

Still Hungry and Homeless in College
Goldrick-Rab, S., Richardson, J., Hernandez, A., & Cady, C. (2018). Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Hungry and Homeless in College
Goldrick-Rab, S., Richardson, J., & Hernandez, A. (2017). Hungry and homeless in college: Results from a national study of basic needs insecurity in higher education. Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Basic Needs Survey Report
Chancellor's Office for California Community Colleges (2018).

Taskforce Materials


College Resources


#RealCollegeCalifornia


The Affordability, Food, & Housing Taskforce invites you to our partnership with the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice,  the #RealCollegeCalifornia coalition. The goal of #RealCollegeCalifornia is to offer technical support to college leaders as we seek to secure students’ basic needs and to promote degree completion. Together, we'll explore long-term solutions.  Click here to learn how  your college or district can become a member of the #RealCollegeCalifornia coalition.

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