“Most people don’t think that if you’re in college that you could possibly be homeless,” says social work professor Rashida Crutchfield of California State Long Beach. But her research has uncovered a troubling world where students struggle to survive both in and out of the classroom.
A study conducted by Cal State University revealed nearly one in 10 students in that system is homeless or teetering on the brink of homelessness. A similar study conducted at the community college level found this number to be almost one in three students.
Experts say the homeless undergraduate population is largely invisible: They often look just like the average student. To put a face on the issue, we followed a Laney College student, 24-year-old Brittany Jones, as she navigates the streets, classrooms and “safe spaces” that make up her world.
Homeless U: A College Student’s Life Without Shelter 14 December,2016Brittany Hosea-Small
Brittany Hosea-Small is currently working at KQED News as a visual journalism intern focusing on photography and videography. Brittany started her journalism career at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism, where she is specializing in Photojournalism and will be graduating in May of 2017. Prior to coming to KQED Brittany worked as a photography intern for the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered news stories ranging from local bay area celebrations, to the arrival of President Barack Obama on Airforce One in San Francisco. Recently Brittany was awarded the 2016 Bob Schmidt Scholarship from the Sacramento Press Club. You can reach her by email at email@example.com or follow her on Instragram (@brittanykirstinphoto) and Twitter (@brittanykirstin).
Laura Klivans is a community health reporter at KQED. In addition to KQED, her work can be heard on NPR, Here & Now, and PRI. Before getting hooked on all things audio, she worked in education, leading groups of students abroad. One of her favorite jobs was teaching on the Thai-Burmese border, working with immigrants and refugees.
Laura won the 2016 North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production and the Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Story for a radio documentary about adults with imaginary friends. She’s done many fellowships, including UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Fellowship and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Laura has a master’s in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s in education from Harvard.