Cal State Study Sheds Light on Student Homelessness


Evaluation Will Help Higher Education Do Rapid Rehousing Right

“Is this working?” It’s a question Dr. Rashida Crutchfield and her team of evaluators at the California State University system ask and study with great interest. The focus on their inquiry calls to question whether public dollars are being put to their highest and best use in helping to implement rapid rehousing for students experiencing homelessness – a growing problem that often results in students leaving their studies behind. For many students that stop out or drop out of college, it’s often due to paying for things such as books, food, transportation, and housing, which can prove a significant financial burden once the hurdle of tuition is taken care of. With funding support from Kresge, Dr. Crutchfield and her team are asking the hard questions to help college networks address issues faced by students across the country seeking a degree or credential. 


Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University (CSU) Long Beach
Jessica Wolin, Faculty, Department of Public Health San Francisco State University
Eric Hubbard, Head of Development, Jovenes Inc.
Henoc Preciado, Basic Needs Initiative Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Yadira Maldonado, Research Analyst, CSU Long Beach