On July 9th, 2018, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), in partnership with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), released Homelessness and Housing Instability in Connecticut Colleges and Universities, providing an estimate of the number of college students that are experiencing housing instability in Connecticut.
The report was created as part of the statewide 2018 CT Youth Count effort to identify youth experiencing homelessness, with participation from 24 Colleges and Universities in Connecticut. Approximately 1,978 students completed the Youth Count survey.
The results show that 296 (15%) of the total students surveyed were experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Of those students who were housed, 31% reported they could not remain where they were currently sleeping for as long as needed and 23% noted that the place they were staying was not safe. About 10% of the students between the ages of 18 to 24 surveyed reported being encouraged, pressured, or coerced to provide sexual favors in exchange for money, drugs, food, clothing or protection.
Family conflict was reported as the most common reason for being homelessness, which is consistent with previous research. Transportation, financial assistance, and long-term housing support were the top three services students indicated they needed to improve their well-being.
The report summarizes the process used for engaging colleges in this efforts and shares opportunities to address the needs of university students on college campuses. The creation of Single Point-of-Contact, a designated college administrator who is dedicated to helping student experiencing homelessness navigate the college-going process, was identified as one of the next steps that CSCU and other campuses around the state can work to develop.
Click here to read the report.