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RCC Awarded a $2.1 Million Grant to Aid Homeless and Housing Insecure Students


Riverside City College received a three-year $2.1million grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office in order to participate in the College Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot Program. RCC was one of 14 California community colleges to receive the $700,000 per year award.  

The College Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot Program is funded through a $9 million allocation included in the state's 2019-20 budget. The program supports rapid rehousing services for California community college students. 

The pilot program will build upon existing infrastructure and resources, and local housing services in order to implement a sustainable program for homeless and housing insecure students. Dr. FeRita Carter, vice president, Student Services has built relationships with community-based housing organizations. Through these partnerships a plan for rehousing services RCC students will be developed.   

According to the #RealCollege survey, administered by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University, nearly half of the 2,118 RCC students who participated in the survey reported experiencing food insecurity. Fifty-three percent experienced housing insecure in the past year and 16 percent were homelessness in the same time frame.  

The #RealCollege was the nation's largest assessment of basic needs and housing insecurity survey for college students. Results reaffirmed college leaders' belief that basic need insecurities are a challenge for students pursuing a higher education degree.  ​

Selection criteria for the Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot Program grant included the availability of low-income housing in the area; the number of students receiving Pell grants; the percentage of foster or former foster youth students and Veterans; and the number of students living with a disability. Colleges were also given credit for having an effective relationship with community-based housing organizations. ​

Published by External Relations & Strategic Communications