Food and Housing Insecurity Among Philadelphia College Students: A #RealCollegePHL Report

Securing the basic needs of Philadelphia undergraduates is crucial to the city’s efforts to boost college attainment, promote economic well-being, and improve community health. Adequate food and housing are fundamental to learning and influence graduation rates, as well as the ability to repay debt. This report examines the results of the 2019 #RealCollege survey for five Philadelphia colleges and universities. Its release is part of the Hope Center’s #RealCollegePHL initiative, a new Lenfest Foundation-funded effort to build higher education’s capacity via community collaborations to ensure that every student pursuing a college degree has enough to eat and a safe place to sleep.