This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at 28 out of the 34 Washington State community and technical colleges, a subset of the 227 two- and four-year institutions surveyed across the United States. In 2019, approximately 13,550 students from 28 Washington State community and technical colleges responded to the #RealCollege survey. The results indicate:
• 41% of respondents were food insecure in the prior 30 days
• 51% of respondents were housing insecure in the previous year
• 19% of respondents were homeless in the previous year
Our findings highlight the need for continued evolution of programmatic work to advance cultural shifts on college campuses, increased engagement with community organizations and the private sector, more robust emergency aid programs, and a basic needs-centered approach to government policy at all levels.