Homeless In College: Students Sleep In Cars, On Couches When They Have Nowhere Else To Go

Three years ago, Kyshawna Johnson, 23, had a lot more than homework on her mind as she pursued an associate’s degree at Citrus College in Glendora, California. She also worried constantly about where to park overnight, since she was living in her car. 

“That journey was a little traumatic for me,” says Johnson, who lived in her 2014 Chrysler 200 from September 2016 until the following March.  “It affected my grades a lot. It affected my mental health. It affected my emotional stability. I was having different doubts about my future.”

Johnson’s plight is more common than many may realize.

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