2020 Community Impact Grant
Legal-name: CSULB 49er Foundation
Address: 6300 E. State University Drive, Suite 332
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 (c)(3)
Contact-Ranking-title: Michelle Cesca, Chief Executive Officer
First-name: Evelyn Klaus
Title: Development Associate
Grant-Purpose: CSULB is requesting $20,000 to immediately assist students who are experiencing housing insecurity or encountering homelessness.
Mission: The CSULB 49er Foundation advocates for the people and programs at California State University, Long Beach through the management of private support and the stewardship of donors.
How-many-years: 1 year
How-many-individuals: The Long Beach Community Impact grant will help serve approximately 25 CSULB students facing housing insecurity, both homeless and at-risk of homelessness. CSULB will use targeted approach to help promote long-term housing efforts through our community partnerships and leverage existing emergency housing to help maximize the impact in efforts to work toward stabilizing housing.
What-is-project: The LBCF Community Impact grant will directly assist CSULB homeless or at risk of homelessness students with financial support to help secure or maintain stable housing. Emergency grants will be provided to assist students with housing needs and connect them to long-term housing support in collaboration with our community partners. In our effort to help our most vulnerable housing insecure students, CSULB is committed to enhancing our current emergency housing program to move toward a more comprehensive college focused rapid rehousing model.
Since 2015, CSULB has made an institutional investment in addressing food and housing insecurity through the Basic Needs Program (BNP). Committed to helping address college homelessness, we have provided 2,299 of free and safe nights of emergency housing. Through evidence-based research and program assessment led by CSULB faculty member, Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, we have identified that students who experience chronic homelessness require a more robust and comprehensive approach to sustain long-term stable housing.
Overall, 12.5% of CSULB students reported experiencing homelessness one or more times in the last 12 months based on the combined Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Education (DOE) definitions (Crutchfield & Maguire, 2018). This is higher than the average for the CSU. Students who reported food insecurity, homelessness, or both also experienced physical and mental health consequences that were associated with lower academic achievement and nearly double the missed days of school. Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a detrimental financial strain on students who work to support themselves and make it nearly impossible to continue their studies. Since March 01, 2020, BNP has received over 1,o00 applications for financial assistance, a drastic increase from the 66 applications received during the same period last year. Now more than ever, we feel the responsibility to help support students with housing assistance to provide access and basic needs that are essential to student success.
How-will-you-succeed: The CSULB BNP staff utilize Maxient software to document key indicators and track the ongoing progress of students who utilize program services. The Maxient database allows for quantitative and qualitative tracking of case management and positive interventions and support services. Staff and faculty will then formally assess the process, progress, and outcomes for students and of program impact.
CSULB was recently awarded a three-year Rapid Rehousing Grant to help provide comprehensive housing support to students through the AB-74 Rapid Rehousing funds. We will continue this work and on-going efforts as we maintain close partnerships with community resources. In addition, our institutional commitment will continue with the support of campus leadership to meet student basic needs as an essential part of improving access, retention and graduation initiatives.
Who-are-you: CSULB is one of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Serving over 38,000 students, more than 70% of which are on some form of financial aid and over 53% of our students receive Pell Grants. Additionally, about 80% of our students work to support themselves and, often, their families.
The Basic Need Program, (BNP) was established in 2015 and grounded in evidence-based practice, is a multi-pronged approach to addressing student basic need security to provide comprehensive services to alleviate distress caused by inequities in access to basic needs. BNP was developed as a short-term intervention approach for students experiencing high-risk situations impeding their ability to achieve individual wellness and academic success.
Homelessness is a complex social problem that requires attention and support on many fronts. One of the ways that BNP addresses student homelessness is the emergency short-term housing program, which provides students experiencing homelessness with a room to ensure the students’ safety and wellbeing until they can acquire secure housing.
CSULB has an exemplary emergency housing program; however, the current emergency housing response is often most effective for students who experience short-term interruptions to their housing stability. Often at capacity, the need for emergency housing continues to grow. Since the start of our program, BNP has supported 157 students with 2,299 bed nights and continue to receive ongoing requests from students who are experiencing housing crises.
BNP works closely with on-campus partners who refer students that experience levels of short-term housing insecurities. We currently have partnerships off-campus that will help address the long-term housing needs.
CSULB was a recipient of AB74-Rapid-Rehousing Housing funds and established a partnership with Jovenes Inc. the regional coordinator for the Transition Age Youth Coordinated Entry System (CES). CES is the countywide measure designed to help homeless individuals receive the assessments and housing placements they need to move into permanent housing. This leadership role in the homelessness response system increases Jovenes, Inc.’s capacity to move CSULB students experiencing homelessness into their own apartments, while also bringing much needed resources and support into underserved communities. Jovenes, Inc. provides landlord engagement, coordination between homeless service providers, and assessment of homeless youth. The Rapid Rehousing funding has helped CSULB to expand current basic needs services by hiring a housing case manager to coordinate and support these efforts.
CSULB recently helped 29 CSULB students with $22,400 of housing support in partnership with the Martin A. and Clarisse Clancy Foundation. Katy P. shared: “You have contributed in me being able to pay my rent and keep a roof over my head. I cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you for helping students like me.”