California based Humboldt State University has launched a new program that will secure temporary housing for its students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Last weekend, the university announced the launch of HSU Temporary Emergency Housing Program in collaboration with HSU Housing & Residence Life, the Campus Assistance, Response, & Engagement (CARE) Services Program in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students who are facing short term housing crisis will be eligible for the program which is available for up to 21 days during the fall and spring semesters.

The program was developed by HSU Basic Needs Committee under Facilitator and Health Educator Ravin Craig during the fall 2018 semester to minimize the emotional and financial damage temporary homelessness can cause students. It has also received funding from the Hearst Foundations Grant.

Nationally, 46 percent of students at two-year community colleges and 36 percent at four-year colleges experienced some degree of housing insecurity during the past year, a survey conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found.

In July, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced Closing the College Hunger Gap Act that would collect data on food and housing insecurity on campuses across the nation and connect eligible students with resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to combat food insecurity.

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