How do we aid college students experiencing homelessness and extreme insecurities in Tarrant County?
What comes to mind when you think of a homeless person? Would you think college student? A recent study done by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab discovered that about 12% of college students are experiencing homelessness across the nation. Locally in Tarrant County, 32% are experiencing food insecurity and 52% show signs of housing insecurity. As we explore this challenge our goal is to find ways to address the immediate needs as we discover tangible long term solutions.
59% of students worry about having enough money to pay for school
All stats are from the 2018 Trellis Research Student Financial Wellness Survey
Homelessness is a multi-faceted challenge. With the numerous socioeconomic factors to consider we will have to prioritize both short and long term objectives to make lasting impact. Our approach starts with illuminating the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness to create a shared and accurate narrative for this initiative. As we gain insights we will develop the necessary cohort of partners and solutions to address specific needs, as we shift our focus to encompass other social and economic challenges.