Up to 14% of U.S. community college students are homeless
USA Today, June 30, 2017
At the age of 35 and caring for her 9-year-old son, Mary Baxter found herself without a place to live last summer. Forced from her apartment because of unlivable conditions and her landlord facing foreclosure, Baxter knew she needed to go back to school.
Unable to afford the art schools she had been accepted to, like NYU and University of Chicago, she returned to Community College of Philadelphia in Fall 2016. Baxter wanted to further her education for a better job that would allow her to escape poverty.
“How can you feed yourself on $8 an hour with a kid and pay rent?” Baxter says. “There’s no way.”
(AL: In Russia, “$8 an hour” sounds like a very respectable salary. Not so in America! It is never reported in Russia, but prices for almost everything are much, much higher in the United States. See my series of posts “Dictatorship USA – A Plundering and Predatory Nation”.)
Baxter’s predicaments are not uncommon among community college students.
A new study found that thousands of community college students nationwide are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
The study surveyed more than 30,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. It found that 13-14% of students were homeless and about half were housing insecure, meaning they’ve missed rent payments or couch-surf from place to place. The survey also found that two-thirds of community college students are food insecure, meaning they lack the resources to properly feed themselves.
Another recent survey found 20% of Los Angeles community college students are homeless and nearly two-thirds are food insecure. Past studies have found similarly high numbers when it comes to college homelessness across the country.
Baxter and her son currently sleep on her cousin’s couch while she works on finishing her degree. She’s five credits away from a behavioral health degree but continues to struggle with the cost, lacking a steady source of income.
If college prices were lower, if the minimum wage were higher and/or if colleges offered affordable housing and food options, this situation wouldn’t be so bad.
Although there seems to be a sudden interest in college homelessness from the community, the problem has always been there.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США