CR, HSU Hosting ‘North Coast Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Summit’

This is a press release from the Humboldt State University:

Humboldt State University HSUCollege of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University will host the North Coast Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Summit on April 25, 2018.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the College of the Redwoods Theater located on CR’s main campus, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road.

Three hundred community leaders, as well as students, faculty and staff from the two collegiate institutions have been invited to come together and explore opportunities to more effectively support, develop and implement shared solutions around homelessness in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

 College of the Redwoods President, Keith Snow-Flamer, said “We felt as an institution that we owed it to our students who are homeless and food insecure to provide a community forum for all the respective parties to gather and discuss how we can collectively reinvigorate our efforts around this issue.  Much is being done, but much more is needed.  When we have students sleeping in their cars, carrying their beds on their backs because they are sleeping in the forest, or going without food, more action just needs to be taken.”

Summit attendees will discuss the scope of the homeless situation and the local initiatives underway; examine the root causes and contributing factors of homelessness for various populations; look at the importance of building resilience and community focus to combat homelessness; and work on expanding community empathy and awareness about the homeless daily life experience.

College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University are exploring the idea of holding a second summit around homelessness issues in Fall 2018.

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5 comments

  • Here is an idea. CR has lots a vacant buildings. Put the homeless in them. Keep them off the streets. It’s a win-win.

  • It seems pretty absurd that people living in furnished rooms with the bathroom down the hallway, for instance, are being charged upwards to eight hundred bucks for rent.

  • When I went to school 50 years ago, the rents for private housing within commuting distance were equally expensive. Hardly anyone had a room of their own and what passed for a living room slept 2 or 3 beside the 2 per bedroom. Basements were popular because they were the cheapest. It was a challenge but considering it had a definite limit in time, it was doable.

    Not having any food is surprising though. I lived on ramen soup and boxed mac and cheese. You have to be pretty poor not to afford that.

  • I cannot attend the meeting, but someone please ask how many students each institution has added in the last 30 years. Follow that with how many dorm rooms or housing units they have added. HSU and CR are 100 percent responsible for the housing shortage. Our local higher learning institutions have caused this current crisis and they should be held responsible. My .02

  • Taurus Ballzhoff

    Wait. Aren’t most of the HSU students living in automobiles?

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