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Post Date:11/18/2019 4:16 PM

The City of Chula Vista joins six other cities in the National League of Cities technical assistance initiative as part of a national effort to ensure students can complete college degrees, certificates, or credentials without basic needs like food, housing and transportation getting in the way. Supported by the Kresge Foundation, the initiative, Cities Addressing Basic Needs to Promote Postsecondary and Workforce Success, provides grant and technical assistance through June 2021.

Many students are unable to attend or complete their education due to the high cost of food, housing, transportation and books, even when receiving full-tuition scholarships. This initiative will focus on local residents who may struggle to meet their basic needs and are most likely to be left behind.

By intentionally focusing on basic needs, Chula Vista and the other six selected cities will uncover how many of their community college students are struggling to stay on course. The cities will then design a plan with their local colleges, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards, city agencies and community-based organizations to understand the data and target resources and support where students can easily access them.

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas stated, “Chula Vista is concerned that our local college students are housing and food insecure. This grant will enable us to learn the best methods to assist these students and allow them to become successful in their college education and future careers.”

Other cities joining Chula Vista in the National League of Cities initiative include Denver, CO, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, Rochester, NY, and San Diego. The initiative will culminate with a national policy briefing in Washington, D.C where mayors, City leaders and their partners will share their lessons learned and strategies for this work.

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