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Community Support Groups and Outreach for Students and Staff: Home/Welcome

This guide will provide resources and information to enable communities to address the needs of students and staff experiencing hardships



Displaced college students face hardships while attending school.  These are resources and programs that can help.  No one knows how many college students are homeless but it is estimated to be about 58,000 homeless students. This figure could be higher since the homeless youths try to keep their situation a secret.  They sleep with friends, on couches, sleep in the library, stay at shelters or on the street. The 58,000 homeless students figure is based on an estimate from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (PDF) was passed in 2007, and made it easier for financial aid administrators to offer assistance to existing and prospective homeless students.


State of Virginia Homeless Shelter Directory




Your research librarian has put together  several guidefor your assignment needs. These guides will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Homeless College Students a New Group Among the Invisible
By Emil Guillermo
I didn’t realize the broad definition of homeless also includes a segment I didn’t expect: college students. A new national survey taken at 70 community colleges across 24 states is now part of a growing data that shows college students are not immune.

Nonwhite Students Slow to seek Mental Health Counseling ...