SJSU Student Homeless Alliance calls on university to follow through on deal

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Every school year, thousands of students in the state of San Jose are homeless.

In an effort to tackle student homelessness, SJSU students and faculty formed the Student Homeless Alliance (SHA) in 2018.

In January 2020, the alliance signed an agreement with the university on the following five recommendations aimed at tackling insecurity in student housing.

  • Recommendation 1: Establish an advisory council for basic needs.
  • Recommendation 2: Improve the SJSU Cares program.
  • Recommendation 3: Expand the communication and marketing plan for SJSU Cares.
  • Recommendation 4: Pilot a county funded emergency bed program.
  • Recommendation 5: Resolve the remaining issues in the initially proposed recommendations.

On Thursday, the SHA will hold a press conference to provide an update on the deal.

The alliance says most of what has been agreed between the students, President Mary Papazian and her administration has not been implemented.

“Over the past month, SHA has been in discussion with the University regarding the six requests below. SHA is pleased to announce that the University responded to one of SHA’s requests and finally opened the centralized location of SJSU CARES last week, which was scheduled to happen in April 2020 according to the SJSU-SHA agreement. Read a press release.

Robert D. Clark Hall on the campus of San Jose State University, where the SJSU Cares program is now open.

A recent study from 2021 found that 11% of SJSU students, or roughly 4,000 students, are homeless.

SHA urges the university to fully implement the SJSU-SJA agreement to help students who need help if they are faced with an emergency housing situation.

KRON4 News reported in September that SJSU had reserved 12 campus beds for students in need of housing, a program that was scheduled to open in the fall of last year but was delayed due to COVID-19 .

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