City College to receive grant to expand affordable housing to students
March 8, 2022 |
San Diego City College is poised to receive $344,000 to support planning efforts in the feasibility to construct and offer affordable student housing on campus.
In a letter from the California Department of Finance sent on March 1, it was announced that City College was one in 75 California community colleges to be awarded the state planning grant.
“Affordable housing is a major challenge affecting many of our students,” said John Parker, DBA, vice president of administrative services at San Diego City College. “The planning grant is a step in the right direction in examining and studying how our campus can provide housing to those who are experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness.”
The college is looking at the previous Child Development Center on the corner of 16th and B streets as the potential location for affordable student housing with plans to apply for construction grants for a proposed 186,000-sqft, 613 bed student housing facility.
In a 2020 #RealCollege Survey, 64% of City students responding reported that they experienced housing insecurity in the prior year, compared to the national rate of 52%. Of the different questions about homelessness (temporary stays/couch surfing, temporarily in a hotel/motel, in a car or outdoors), 20% of respondents experienced some form of homelessness within the prior year.