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Hunger or Homelessness: Recommended Sources

This guide provides recommended resources for research and services related to students experiencing hunger or homelessness.



Conducted by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC), the Count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and serves as a snapshot of homelessness in the county on a single night.

​​​​​​​Includes plans to address homelessness in Santa Barbara, 2022.

​​​​​​​Includes measurement of goals related to homelessness in Santa Barbara, 2021.

​​​​​​​Cottage Hospital report about health issues and homelessness in Santa Barbara, 2019.

​​​​​​​We seek to inform, educate, stimulate, and guide those who want to shift the structural conditions and mindsets holding back #RealCollege students. Our studies, policy recommendations, practice guides, and commentary are accessible and freely available.

​​​​​​​From the Hope Center (above)

​​​​​​​By the Santa Barbara County Homeless Death Review Team (HDRT).

​​​​​​​Undergraduate Honors Thesis

​​​​​​​At this point, we need to move beyond being surprised at the numbers and develop action plans, and the authors of this report provide many recommendations for that critical work.

​​​​​​​In February 2015, California State University Chancellor Timothy White commissioned a study to shed light on how CSU campuses were meeting the needs of displaced and food insecure students and to offer recommendations to ensure success and graduation for these students.

​​​​​​​In 2014, University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC’s 10 chancellors launched the UC Global Food Initiative. Because there is limited data about food security among college students, the University of California is working to better understand the scope of food insecurity on its campuses.

​​​​​​​From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

​​​​​​​Flaws in policies related to jobs and wages, affordable housing, and affordable education interact to increase the risks faced by economically vulnerable students who enter college without secure housing, or who lose it during the course of their studies.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​From the Hope Center (above).