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Sac State is helping students with emergency shelter, meals

Desmond Hall Sacramento State’s commitment to students facing financial hardships is expanding to include sheltering those who suddenly find themselves homeless. The new Student Emergency Housing Program will allow one male and one female student at a time to live in a residence hall for up to 30 days, meals included. Eventually, the program will expand to accommodate two additional students.

“The students aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s just that they’re living in a city that’s hard to afford,” says University case manager Danielle Muñoz. “When it starts to impact their college plans is when we feel responsibility as a university to help them manage.”

The University’s efforts to address hardships also include a program to help those who experience food insecurity, the Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Food Pantry. And a new campus task force on both the housing and food issues has been established.

The housing program is a collaboration of Student Affairs, Housing and Residential Life, ASI, and University Enterprises Inc. “We want to support the students,” Muñoz says. “We value the idea of … equal access to education. Students shouldn’t have to think about dropping out of school because they can’t afford their rent.”
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