A shocking new study concludes that one in 10 students at Cal State University is homeless, and one in 5 lacks steady access to food.

About one in 10 of California State University’s 460,000 students is homeless, and one in five doesn’t have steady access to enough food, according to the initial findings of a study launched to better understand and address an issue that remains largely undocumented at the nation’s public universities.

“This is a gasp, when you think about it,” Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White said Monday at a conference in Long Beach, where more than 150 administrators, researchers, students and advocacy groups gathered to exchange ideas, case studies and their personal experiences with the issue.

White, who commissioned the study, emphasized the need for Cal State, the largest public university system in the nation, to tackle the issue systematically across its 23 campuses.

“We’re going to find solutions that we can take to scale,” he said. “Getting this right is something that we just simply have to do.”

David Berliner, the esteemed researcher, sent this story to me, and commented:

I am a proud graduate of CAL State LA, and Gene Glass and I happily teach a summer school course at Cal State San Jose.

These are great “people’s colleges,” not elite, but with quite good staffing, often U of California and Stanford grads, and with some very good students, as well.

Last year they graduated their 3 millionth undergraduate, most of whom in previous decades went there almost free. This why, I think, California is such an economic dynamo, even with its high poverty rates and high ELL rates.

But how can quality education AMONG OBVIOUSLY MOTIVATED STUDENTS take place with 1 in 10 homeless and 1 in 5 with food insecurity?
Shame on us.

What is happening in this country? The best way to make America great again is to address the poverty that is eating away at our people, destroying lives, homes, and families.