The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, released a resource entitled Addressing Housing Insecurity and Living Costs in Higher Education: A Guidebook for Colleges and Universities.
With high rates of college enrollment despite stagnant or declining family incomes and increasing college costs, today many college students are struggling to make ends meets and succeed in school. This Guidebook reviews and explains strategies that institutions of higher education may consider to support their students with housing insecurity and other living costs, as well as examples of these strategies’ implementation. In the introduction, the Guidebook contextualizes these strategies with reference to evidence on student living costs.
Key strategies include, for example, engaging in extensive outreach for students who may benefit from support, partnering with local agencies and organizations such as HUD Continuums of Care, and connecting students with public benefits. The Guidebook is sourced from interviews, suggestions from stakeholders including other federal agencies, and existing research.
Addressing Housing Insecurity and Living Costs in Higher Education: A Guidebook for Colleges and Universities is available for downloading at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/HousingInsecurityInHigherEd.html.