Can Santa Clara County house 100 homeless students in 100 days? Foothill College joins effort | News | Mountain View Online |


Can Santa Clara County house 100 homeless students in 100 days? Foothill College joins effort

Local residents interested in housing students can participate

In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, has lifted its pay meter and is providing unlimited access to its website. We need your support to continue our important work. Please join your neighbors and become a subscribing member today.

Foothill College announced Wednesday new partnerships that the community college hopes will help Santa Clara County achieve an ambitious goal: finding housing for 100 homeless students in the next 100 days.

The Los Altos Hills community college is partnering with the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to find homes for students, including through house sharing with local residents.

Foothill is joining the county's "100 Day Challenge," which cities, counties and states across the country are also participating in. Locally, the Bill Wilson Center, San Jose State University, West Valley-Mission Community College District and Airbnb are involved in the effort.

"The high cost of living in the Bay Area is a real barrier to college students successfully completing their studies," April Henderson, Foothill College's director of Extended Opportunities Programs & Services and the college's Foster Youth and Homeless Student Programs, said in an announcement. "These partnerships are just one way for us to serve students facing housing insecurity and get them the services that they need."

According to a survey, 49% of Foothill students experienced housing insecurity and 19% experienced homelessness in the past year. Foothill students said they were doubling up, sharing rooms or moving in with other people due to financial constraints at a higher rate compared to the national rate.

Statewide, nearly 1 in 5 community college students are either homeless or do not have a stable place to live, according to a 2019 survey conducted by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

Student-advocates have been pressing Foothill to address the rise in students experiencing housing insecurity. In response, the community college hosted last June a summit on student homelessness to discuss possible solutions to the housing crisis with students, faculty, administrators, local elected officials, nonprofit leaders and others.

To support students' basic needs, Foothill offers a campus food pantry (which serves about 100 students every week), free and low-cost health services and a $15,000 scholarship for homeless or housing-insecure students to transfer to a four-year university.

Foothill encouraged students who need housing services from the Bill Wilson Center and Catholic Charities to contact Henderson at Students can also self-refer to Bill Wilson Center by filling out an online form.

The Bill Wilson Center also offers meals, showers, laundry, transitional housing programs, counseling and one-time funding for young people between the ages of 18 and 24 years old who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and don't have the financial means to find housing, among other services.

Local residents who have an available room in their home can also apply to host a student through Catholic Charities' house-sharing program. The nonprofit screens and matches applicants through background checks, preference checklists and personality profiles.

Interested community members can learn more at an information session hosted by Foothill on Wednesday, Feb. 19, or call Catholic Charities directly at 408-325-5134.


Follow the Mountain View Voice on Twitter at @MVvoice, Facebook and Instagram at @MVvoice for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?


14 people like this
Posted by Publicity Stunt?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2020 at 8:57 am

The college district has two tax measures on the March 3 ballot. Time for a publicity stunt. Give me a billion bucks and I'll buy a warehouse for a couple million dollars and haul in some used beds. That would leave plenty for emergencies like half million dollars salaries for those I choose to hire. I'll call it a "NON-Profit." Maybe throw a party and convene a "prayer breakfast."

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Stay up to date on local coronavirus coverage with our daily news digest email.

'A devastating impact:' The coronavirus claims Clarke's Charcoal Broiler, Mountain View's oldest operating restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 24 comments | 8,295 views

The first few seconds after awakening; before I remember the virus
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 3,341 views

Can you stay healthy without making more trash?
By Sherry Listgarten | 6 comments | 2,754 views

Think about helping others in our coronavirus-affected area
By Diana Diamond | 7 comments | 2,550 views

Coronavirus Food Safety Update + New! Insider Tips
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 983 views



The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

View Details