A bill is making its way through the state capitol would offer extra help to homeless college students. It would allow them to stay in parklots overnight at community colleges all over California.
AB 302 would require a community college with parking facilities on campus to grant overnight access to any homeless student enrolled in coursework and in good standing. The school’s board would implement the state-mandated program.
However, the Community College League of California.. a non-profit made up of the 72 public community college districts opposes the legislation. A representative says while homelessness is an issue, it’s concerned this approach doesn’t solve financial aid problems faced by students.
The Los Rios Community College District says it would only support AB 302 if it was amended to remove the parking access requirement. The district cites concerns about high costs for security, restrooms and liability.
People living on the streets say keeping homeless students from falling through the cracks early on is key.