SD Mesa College leading the way to help students affected by homelessness

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A statewide survey released today by researchers at Temple University found that roughly a fifth of community college students in San Diego faced housing instability last year and between one-third and one-half faced food insecurity.

The survey found that 21 percent of San Diego City College students dealt with housing instability while 18 percent of Mesa College students identified as homeless. San Diego Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education both had self-identified homeless populations totaling 17 percent.

Those figures all increased at least 6 percent over each college’s 2017 numbers. The state’s average sat at 19 percent.

The survey also found that 52 percent of City College students, 47 percent of Mesa College students, 41 percent of Miramar College students and 33 percent of Continuing Education students dealt with food insecurity or uncertainty. Across the state, 50 percent of community college students faced food access and affordability issues.

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