Housing@100%: Innovation 7
Engaging Higher Education
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “House U” project
Just like with the K–12 students, colleges and universities are important places for housing support programs, including research. While not all higher ed institutions are set up to do this, it’s worth asking whether the local college or university devotes any time, research or other resources to making sure that their students and staff have secure housing situations. And what do they do to support their students who don’t? You will want to read up on the College Housing Assistance Program in Tacoma, WA and a program for community college students in Massachusetts.