Population Health

May 30, 2019

New survey shows UW students face food and housing insecurity

Image of student at the Any Hungry Husky food pantryPreliminary data from a recent survey of food and housing insecurity at the University of Washington’s three campuses shows that about one-quarter of students have worried recently about having enough to eat and an estimated 190 students may lack a stable place to live.

Results of the online survey are still being finalized. However, an early look provides estimates of the numbers of students who could be considered homeless, who rely on food banks or skip meals, and for whom the costs of housing and food clearly present a challenge as they try to obtain a college degree.

Officials say these initial results help establish a baseline for quantifying, and addressing, food and housing issues among the university’s nearly 55,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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