Are you Experiencing Housing Insecurities?
Many different living situations can qualify a student for aid:
• In a house or apartment with more than one family due to loss of housing or economic hardship .
• With friends, family, or others because they are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth .
• In substandard housing (without electricity, water, heat, etc.).
• In a shelter (family, domestic violence, youth, transitional living program, etc.).
• In a motel, hotel, weekly rate housing.
• In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the streets.
A student may:
• Participate fully in all school activities and programs as eligible .
• Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
• Continue to attend the last-enrolled school even if the student has moved away from that school’s attendance
• Qualify automatically for school nutrition programs.
A student must be enrolled in school immediately, even without required documents such as:
• Proof of residency.
• Immunization records or other health records.
• School records .
• Legal guardianship papers
If you are experiencing housing or food insecurities, please contact VanderCook’s HOUSE Liaison, Cindy Tovar at [email protected]
College Student Food Insecurity
Food insecurity is defined by the US Department of Agriculture as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Notably, this crisis profoundly impacts college students, a population whose food insecurity issues are largely under-recognized, under-examined, and under-addressed. While Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were temporarily extended to college-age students during the pandemic, these benefits are set to expire without legislative action and in many cases, without options for the college students impacted.
Resources for Food Insecurities
St. James Food Pantry
2907 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60616
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
For additional resources visit the IIT Houing and Food Insecurity site at: