In 2017, JBAY expanded the reach of its education access and success work to include not only students with experience in the foster care system, but those experiencing homelessness as well. Recent research has found that about half of community college students are housing insecure, and 13 to 14 percent are homeless. Two in three students report experiencing food insecurity. Former foster youth and students with children are disproportionately likely to experience food and housing insecurity.
JBAY is providing training and technical assistance to community college campuses in California to help identify best practices and disseminate innovative strategies across the system. JBAY is also supporting homeless students to successfully transition into college by ensuring that professionals who are tasked with working with these students have the information they need to ensure students are equipped with the tools that need to be prepared for successful.