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New bill would require California colleges to let homeless students park overnight




East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.
East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.
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For some college students, academics are a secondary concern. According to several surveys, one in five California community college students have experienced homelessness in the last year.

A new California bill proposed on Tuesday by Assemblyman Marc Berman would require California community colleges to allow homeless students to park their cars in the campus parking lots overnight. Advocates for the homeless have long supported measures like this bill while some administrators have concerns about sustainability and funding for such a program as well as concerns around sanitation and security.

If you have experienced homelessness as a college student, do you think this bill would be a helpful solution?

Or if you are a college student or administrator with concerns about a program like this impacting your campus, we’d like to hear those concerns.

We’re taking your calls at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Iiyshaa Youngblood, president of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges

Laura Metune, vice chancellor for governmental relations, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Andra Hoffman, VP of the Board of Trustees, LA Community College District