‘Gimme Shelter’: California housing crisis includes homeless college students

Matthew Chin is a third-year environmental science student at UC Santa Cruz. Because living near campus is so expensive, he lives in a used trailer that he parks in a driveway — a driveway he rents for $750 a month.

Chin’s precarious living situation is far from unique among college students across the state. One in five students at California Community College, one in 10 students at California State University and one in 20 students at the University of California is homeless, a recent UCLA study found.

In this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast, we discuss how the state’s housing problems are making it harder for California college students to get an education. Our guest is Chin, who shows us what life is like in his trailer, why he had to sleep out on campus and tells us about many others living in similar situations.

“Gimme Shelter,” a bi-weekly podcast exploring why living in California is so expensive and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, reporting on housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobías, Reporter for Housing CalMatters.

You can subscribe to Gimme Shelter on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Podcasts.

https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2022-11-17/gimme-shelter-californias-housing-crisis-forces-college-students-into-homelessness ‘Gimme Shelter’: California housing crisis includes homeless college students

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