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We asked students to tell us how the housing crisis has affected them. Here’s what they said.

We asked students to tell us how the housing crisis has affected them. Here’s what they said.

The State Hornet

February 28, 2018

  As a part of our coverage of the housing crisis, The State Hornet conducted a month-long survey in which we asked, among other things, for students to explain how the high cost of housing has affected them. The following are some of their responses. For more on this issue, go to StateHornet.com...

‘It’s Sacramento, not you’: Students caught in the crosshairs of statewide housing crisis

‘It’s Sacramento, not you’: Students caught in the crosshairs of statewide housing crisis

John Ferrannini and Sami Soto

February 28, 2018

Five days a week, Sacramento State junior Bailey Bernardi goes to work at 4 a.m. and then makes her way to school. But even though she makes over $14 an hour, she is barely making ends meet paying living expenses. Bernardi is just one Sacramentan dealing with the ramifications of a statewide housing crisis...

TESTIMONIAL: I slept in my car for over a year. No one knew.

TESTIMONIAL: I slept in my car for over a year. No one knew.

Kameron Schmid

February 28, 2018

t’s been almost five years since I was last homeless. In that time, I’ve forgotten plenty of the details and the stories I accrued over a year and a half of sleeping on couches and in my Nissan Sentra. But I’ll never forget the feelings of isolation, depression and fear. It started when I gra...

TESTIMONIAL: Spending my first week at Sac State homeless

TESTIMONIAL: Spending my first week at Sac State homeless

Dominique Walker

February 28, 2018

n my first week at Sacramento State, I found myself homeless; however, a helpful stranger made me feel like I was family. On my flight to Sacramento from LAX, the only thing I had with me was my luggage, some Cheetos and $90 to my name. When I was on my way to start a new chapter in my life I w...

TESTIMONIAL: Finishing college for my son’s future

TESTIMONIAL: Finishing college for my son’s future

Will Coburn

February 28, 2018

always figured homelessness would be something sort of, you know, obvious? Instead, it snuck up on me. When you don’t make a lot of money — and last semester I was working part time and interning — it quickly becomes harder and harder to replace the things you’re missing. I was power-commu...

TESTIMONIAL: Couch surfing my way through winter break

TESTIMONIAL: Couch surfing my way through winter break

Kelly Kiernan

February 28, 2018

fter my first semester of living in Sacramento State student housing, paying $34 dollars a night to stay there over winter break without access to The Dining Commons or The Market was not an option. I had just paid $1,946 out of my pocket toward housing when cold winter break came. I was so upset that I had to...

Sac State student goes into debt with long commute to campus

Sac State student goes into debt with long commute to campus

Thomas Frey, News editor

February 28, 2018

olan Jolly’s day started early and it started with stress. From waking up in a trailer that didn’t always have heat, he would then fight traffic through his 40-mile commute to campus that began in the city of Rescue where he lived. After a long day of classes, he returned home through that same ti...

EDITORIAL: Student housing and food insecurities need creative solutions

EDITORIAL: Student housing and food insecurities need creative solutions

State Hornet Editorial Board

February 28, 2018

The number of students facing housing and food insecurity within the California State University system is staggering, jaw-dropping and upsetting — but anyone within the system calling the rates surprising would be ignoring plain evidence of things we all see every day. The state government and the CSU — a unive...

#SacStateSays: How do you pay for housing?

#SacStateSays: How do you pay for housing?

Tessa Devere and Vincent Moleski

February 27, 2018

With rent rising in the state, 10.9 percent of California State University students have experienced housing insecurity in the past year. Some students have had to cutback on essential things like food in order to pay for rent. We asked students how they pay for housing. Tell us what you do by usi...

Former foster child finally gains stability as she graduates

Former foster child finally gains stability as she graduates

Kelly Kiernan

February 24, 2018

Sacramento State senior Regina Montoya has faced homelessness since she was a toddler, struggling with it through high school and college. As a foster youth, Montoya frequently moved around in the Bay Area. Montoya and her parents were often evicted from homes and she ended up living with her father's...