W7 - Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
This session will explore issues related to basic needs insecurity among college students, including homelessness, housing instability, and food insecurity. Although often invisible, emerging research suggests that lacking stable housing has a direct and significant impact on persistence and retention. The presenters will highlight some of the largest studies that explore how college students experience housing insecurity and provide promising practices for how postsecondary institutions can respond to student needs. The overarching goals are to summarize research and connect ideas to a definitional framework for understanding how housing insecurity and homelessness manifest in higher education settings. Presenters and participants will then discuss promising practices related to support students who experience basic needs insecurity.
Ronald Hallett is Professor of Organizational Leadership in the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne and a research associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. A former school teacher, he now researches the educational experiences that marginalized youth face in their pursuit of completing high school and transitioning to college. Specifically, he has spent the past ten years studying the educational experiences of youth experiencing homelessness. In addition to publishing several research articles and book chapters on the topic, he recently authored or coauthored three books related to youth homelessness – Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers (Routledge, 2012); Serving Students who are Homeless: A Resource Guide for Schools, Districts and Educational Leaders (with Linda Skrla, Teachers College Press, 2016); and, Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education (with Rashida Crutchfield, ASHE Higher Education Report Series, 2018).
Rashida Crutchfield is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach. She previously served on the staff of Covenant House California, a shelter for homeless 18-to-24-year-olds. This experience gave her insight into practice, building rapport and intervention with this population's strengths, needs and perspectives. Her areas of practice and research focus on youth homelessness, access to higher education, social and economic development, and social work community practice. She has authored or co-authored several research articles, including “Jumping through the hoops to get financial aid for college students who are homeless: Policy analysis of The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007” in Families in Society and “Beginning to see the big picture: BSW student reflections on community macro-practice” in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. She was the Principal Investigator for phase one and is a Co-Principal Investigator for phases two and three of the California State University Chancellor’s study on food and housing security.