Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services: Social Work

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students are severely impacted by high priced housing costs. This paper will demonstrate how imperative it is that Basic Needs implements a separate housing infrastructure to help support students with their housing needs during and upon graduation. CSUMB currently houses over 55% of their students and still many students have housing insecurities. To assess the micro-level housing insecurity problem; CSUMB students work with case managers to evaluate their needs. To assess the macro-level housing insecurity problem, a survey was distributed to random students throughout the campus. Of the 6,577 currently enrolled students; 60 students participated in the survey and over 65% indicated they were facing housing insecurity or will be facing homelessness upon graduation. This paper will provide a template of how implementing a housing advocacy program with the Basic Needs infrastructure will help minimize housing insecurities for CSUMB students and upcoming graduates.