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Wood, J. L., Harris III, F., & Delgado, N. R. (2016). Struggling to survive – striving to succeed: Food and housing insecurities in the community college. San Diego, CA: Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL).
Search Terms: Student homelessness, food insecurities, housing, community colleges
In December of 2016 the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) released findings that approximately 1/3 of California community college students are attending classes while experiencing the threat of homelessness and housing instability and 12% are hungry and concerned about whether and when they will have their next meal. The report is among the first research efforts to show who is adversely exposed to food and housing insecurities in the California higher education system.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, “Social Determinants of Health Report: Housing and Health in Los Angeles County” Los Angeles 2015
Social Determinants of Health Report: Housing and Health in Los Angeles County
Search Terms: Homelessness, housing, housing instability, unaffordable housing
This report draws from the recent Los Angeles County Health Survey and the American Community Survey and reveals that affordable housing is out of reach for many adults in Los Angeles. Lack of affordable housing contributes to homelessness and 5.2% of adults reported being homeless or not having their own place to sleep in the previous 5 years. Homelessness is also linked to poor health status and difficulty meeting basic sustenance needs.
Search terms: housing, human rights, los angeles, policy
Summary: Housing affordability, stability, and quality are social determinants of health. This article expands on why the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights codified housing as a human right and explores how the absence of affordable, secure quality housing increased inequality and health disparities in Los Angeles County.
Susana R. Curry and Laura S. Abrams
Search Terms: homeless shelters; young adults; foster home care; employment & education; photography, transition-aged youth
Summary: Although research has established a high risk of homelessness among young people aging out of foster care, little is known about the experience of these youth who are helped to make the transition to independence living though supportive housing programs. Curry and Abrams (UCLA) interview 14 transition-aged youth (18-24 years) using photo elicitation interviews to investigate how young people who have aged out of foster care visually and verbally narrate their journeys through transitional housing programs. Study findings illustrate how transition-age youth experience their gradual independence and the ways in which transitional housing programs can provide critical support during this important period.