In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of basic needs insecurity among college students, as new data have shown the extent of homelessness and food insecurity in California. A crucial tool in the efforts to address basic needs insecurity among college students is the creation of basic needs centers on college campuses. John Burton Advocates for Youth has received funding from the ECMC Foundation Basic Needs Initiative to issue small grants to five to seven community college campuses in California to create new basic needs centers or expand or scale existing basic needs work. The goal of this investment is not only to enable individual campuses to better serve students, but also to inform efforts related to the effective scaling of this approach, highlight best practices and develop mechanisms for reducing basic needs insecurity systemically, such as by improving access to financial aid.
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