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State Bill Would Allow Homeless Students to Sleep in Their Cars at Community Colleges


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An estimated one in five California community college students are experiencing homelessness. Many of them sleep in their cars. Legislation working its way through the State Assembly would require community colleges to open their parking lots at night to give them a safe place to park overnight -- but the bill is facing pushback from some colleges and local elected officials.

Cypress College student Selina Jaimes Davila is among the students who have been left with no choice but to sleep in their cars. She's moving on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo soon, but says she would have benefitted from a safe place on the Cypress campus.  

"I would have gotten more hours of sleep, I would have felt safer," she said. "I wouldn't have had to like, you know, kind of in a way, sneak around."