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California Campuses Confront a Growing Challenge: Homeless Students

By Felicia Mello, CALmatters

The dream was always the same, Arthur Chavez says. He was following a bumblebee through a forest, stumbling over puddles and branches. When he caught the bee, he would find himself onstage, wearing a suit, in front of an applauding crowd.

After the third time, Chavez decided the dream was a sign. He quit his job at a Fullerton gas station and enrolled in community college, on his way to a bachelor’s degree.

His first semester as a transfer student at Sacramento State, he started participating in the ROTC, lost 75 pounds, and declared a double-major in psychology and humanities/religious studies. He planned to become an Army officer, which he hoped would help him obtain U.S. citizenship for his mother.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

For more in-depth coverage of issues of homelessness, read the Public Press special reports on solving homelessness: an update, solving homelessness and navigating homelessness