It’s like ‘Isn’t it great if we invest in these community college students and they use our housing to get their degree and then they’ll never need our housing again?‘

From a ThinkProgress article about how unnecessary paperwork leaves homeless college students behind, e.g. by creating extra barriers when having to verify their homelessness every year/semester in order to qualify for (financial) aid. The quote by Prof. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education and sociology at Temple University, comments on the long-term view that informs programs that provide housing to homeless students (for example at Oregon State) in a more reasonable, pragmatic way. Other large colleges in the PAC-12 have homeless shelters that also serve homeless students, which as a organizational strategy reminds me of the Walmart food drive among workers for workers.