Legal-name: CSULB 49er Foundation
Address: 6300 E. State University Drive, Suite 332
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Michelle Cesca, Chief Executive Officer
ContactName: Evelyn Klaus
Title: Development Associate
GrantPurpose: CSULB is requesting $25,000 to immediately assist students who are experiencing housing insecurity, encountering homelessness, or have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 by providing emergency financial grants through CSULB’s Student Emergency Fund.
Periodoftime: CSULB has made an institutional investment in addressing basic needs through the Basic Needs Program (BNP); however, current resources are being heavily outweighed by the unprecedented need. The Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund Grant will assist CSULB’s BNP to provide immediate financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we anticipate the $25,000 to be utilized within one to three months of being awarded. For example, in the month of March alone, there were 84 applications received, an increase of 147% from this time last year. We are projecting the cases to double over the next three months.
Audienceserved: Our students come from diverse backgrounds, face many obstacles and experience life circumstances that limit their support, which in turn negatively impacts their ability to maintain retention and persistence towards graduation. As a result, many of our students endure untenable challenges like hunger and homelessness that have been associated with health and mental health symptoms – all major barriers to student wellbeing and success (Crutchfield & Maguire, 2018). Overall, 12.5% of CSULB students reported experiencing homelessness one or more times in the last 12 months (Crutchfield & Maguire, 2018). Additionally, 37.7% of CSULB students reported food insecurity, of those 17.8% experienced low food security and 19.9% very low food security. Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an enormous strain on student financial capacity. The economic impact on businesses across our community has had a devastating financial impact on our students’ basic needs since most students rely on part time income from jobs in the restaurant and retail industries. The loss of income has a direct impact to student’s ability to pay for rent, groceries, and medical expenses. We also believe that the repercussions of closures and displacements due to COVID-19 are disproportionately impacting our most vulnerable students, those we desperately want to support; food and housing insecure students, including students who are parents, are undocumented, or current and former foster youth. The impact extends beyond our students since many of our students have dependents including children, parents, and other family members.
Demoofaudience: CSULB has an enrollment of over 38,000 students, more than 70% of which are on some form of financial aid. Over 53% of our students receive Pell Grants and 27,509 of our undergraduate students are over the age of 25. CSULB is proud to be a Hispanic serving institution where more than 13,000 of undergraduate students (approximately 46% of CSULB undergraduate student population) are of Latinx cultural background. CSULB is also an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). More than 7,000 of CSULB undergraduate students (24% of CSULB undergraduate students) have Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native American family. Additionally, about 80% of our students work to support themselves and, often, their families. The loss of work during these social-distancing weeks will surely make it difficult if not impossible for some to continue their studies.
Numberofserved: Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund Grant will help serve approximately 47 CSULB students facing financial crises due to COVID-19. Currently, the BNP helped ensure food, housing, and financial resources for 277 of students in the 2019-2020 school year. Since its inception in 2015, the program has supported 869 students. Each year, the number of students increase and we have seen a significant rise in student emergency applications due to COVID-19.
District: CSULB is proud to serve students from our local community. Many of our students live in Long Beach and commute from various districts within the city.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Our current implementation of the BNP includes services to support students toward stabilization by offering relief to emergency circumstances. In the month of March 2020, we have received 84 applications, which is significantly higher, largely due to COVID-19. In the month of March alone, BNP provided 275 meals to 18 students, $10,000 in emergency grants to 20 students, $1,575 in gift cards for basic need purchases, 33 days of safe housing for two students, and hotel stays for students returning back from study abroad programs. The BNP also provided food, toiletries, bedding, baby food, diapers, Target and local grocery store gift cards for approximately 500 students.
We continue to provide immediate support to students who are facing high stress situations such as homelessness, housing and food insecurity, and financial crises. Services include emergency short-term on-campus housing, emergency financial grants, emergency meals, CalFresh application assistance, linkages to the on-campus food pantry, case management and referrals for on- and off-campus services to meet students’ needs.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : CSULB’s Student Emergency Fund, a component of BNP, was created to assist students who find themselves in an unforeseen emergency or crisis. If awarded the Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund Grant, $23,750 will be utilized for emergency student grants and $1,250 for indirect costs. The $23,750 in emergency student grants will assist approximately 47 students with emergency grant of $500 to help cover cost related to COVID-19 crises such as loss of income and/or threat of homelessness housing costs.
Below are three examples of current student applications from CSULB students being impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Case #1:
Student was scheduled to begin work on March 6th, but due to COVID-19, she was informed by employer that all work and new hiring were suspended until further notice. Student had a savings of $45 at the time of applying for services, no family support and suffers from multiple medical disabilities. Given the current circumstances, student could potentially be evicted from her apartment. Student is requesting the emergency grant to assist with rent, food and other essential living expenses.
Student Case #2
Due to the Coronavirus the student’s work shut down its operations until “further notice.” The student applied for unemployment but they worked as a bartender so most of their cash tips were not claimed. The unemployment will not cover their rent, or any additional living expenses. The student truly feels like they are “at a dead end”. The student received the emergency grant and was referred to CalFresh.
Unfortunately, these are just three examples of our students experiencing hardships through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to help students in need through our Basic Needs Program to help students with emergency grants and meal assistance. CSULB appreciates the opportunity to apply for the Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund Grant to increase the capacity to help support students in need and continue their path to graduation.
Student Case #3:
Student was unemployed prior to COVID-19 and now cannot find a job. Student is struggling financially to afford their basic needs and has also been facing discrimination while taking public transportation due to being Chinese American.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Among others, CSULB students who experience a crisis, such as homelessness, a car accident, interpersonal violence, recent hospitalization of self or child, or food insecurity are eligible to apply for assistance through the BNP. Fiscal support from Long Beach Disaster Relief Grant will increase the capacity to support a large number of vulnerable students who need it the most, specifically those students that lack basic needs and are directly impacted by COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect student’s employment, housing and their ability to provide for themselves and their families, we anticipate the need for our services to increase significantly.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: CSULB received $10,000 from the ECMC Foundation’s Rapid Response Grant for the Student Emergency Fund.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?n5: Currently, we do not have any pending applications for FEMA or federal, state or local assistance.