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Community Support Groups and Outreach for Students and Staff: Welcome!

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

Excellent Primary Source for Hampton Roads Listings of Community Outreach Organizations

Hardships and College Students


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 federal 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

Homeless College Students

Resources & Scholarships for Homeless Students
By Ajanique Dunlap
“'College affordability' is the buzz phrase you hear on TV or read online, but there’s something that isn’t being discussed that goes beyond paying for tuition and books. The homeless college student population continues to rise, and the number of degree hopefuls experiencing housing insecurity is increasing, as well..."   
[Includes links to resources.]

Annual Survey: #RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic 

and 2021 Virginia Community College System Preliminary Results

Mental Health:

College students to administrators: Let’s talk about mental health


Homeless Georgia Student Rides Bike 6 Hours to Get to College (July 15, 2016)

Homeless Success: The Story of a Morehouse College Student (May 15, 2015)

A Striking Number of College Students are Hungry and Homeless (October 23, 2017)

From Homeless to Millionaire: Chris Garner Success Story (January 2, 2015)