Addressing College Students’ Basic Needs: Housing and Food Insecurity

Many college students across the nation experience food and housing insecurity. This webinar is part of a series providing technical assistance to the Educate for Opportunity cohort states.  Reengaging adult students in education and training pathways is a primary focus of the cohort, and a key component of this work involves addressing the non-academic needs of today’s prospective and current students. This includes how access to food, housing, transportation, childcare, and other resources affect students’ willingness to enroll and ability to persist in college. This webinar highlighted state efforts to address the basic needs of college students, described policies and practices that can help coordinate the provision of student support services, and shared resources for addressing students’ basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founding Director, The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice 
  • Joi Bass Smith, Director of Business Development and External Affairs, Single Stop 
  • Rebecca Butz, Director of Outreach Programs, Family Promise of Morris County 


  • Jesse Kannam, Program Assistant, NGA Education, NGA Center for Best Practices 
  • Michael Bonino-Britsch, Policy Analyst, NGA Economic Opportunities, NGA Center for Best Practices