State survey shows hunger, homelessness a common problem at public colleges

by Scott O’Connell

Massachusetts’s commissioner of higher education on Friday introduced the “sobering” results of a first-of-its-kind survey that found widespread hunger and homelessness across the state’s public college campuses. According to the Wisconsin HOPE Lab survey, which included 8,333 students, only 38 percent of respondents at community colleges were not dealing with some sort of food or housing security problem, while just over half of state university students claimed the same.