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LA students prioritizing work over education forces the Board of Trustees to greenlight a year-long housing program


California students who have been prioritizing work over education prompted the Board of Trustees at the Los Angeles Community College District to greenlight a year-long housing program.

Stock photo depicting students in a classroom.Shubham Sharan / Unsplash

The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees have decided to greenlight a year-long housing program, which is believed to have been caused by pupils prioritizing work over their studies.

Students will reportedly not only have access to housing but will be provided with food, Wi-Fi and mental health support if needed.

In addition, they will also be able to benefit from academic tutoring, academic and financial counselling, technology, and job placement assistance.

This $1.5 million pilot program is set to provide housing for more than 100 students who are homeless or in need of housing.

This is not the only initiative aimed at assisting students in the pipeline, due to a report that shared how California wants to give a $1,000 incentive to homeless high school graduates.

The goal of these stimulus checks was reportedly to alleviate poverty and give recipients more flexibility in how they spend their money instead of being traditional social services providers.

Even the program's sponsor, Senator Dave Cortese - California Democratic Senator from Campbell who tabled this bill - said that there would be no-strings-attached.

Senator Cortese said they want to help sustain pupils from around the time of their high school graduation to their fall enrollment in college or their entry into the workforce.

According to reports, the bill will also assist low-income students in renting an apartment or paying for food while attending college if they enroll, though this is not required.

The California Department of Education says roughly around 183,000 pupils in California were homeless during the 2020 and 2021 circle, all comprising kindergarten to 12th graders.

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